In today’s modern world, every field of science is making leaps and bounds. The physical science of space is in the same league. The technology has made human to achieve great milestones in Astrophysics. These achievements are documented in astrophysics books.

Best Books of Astrophysics

We have compiled a list of top-ranking best books of astrophysics. We have compiled them based on ratings, reviews, content, length and version of the book. So, let’s start off with our list:

1. Cosmic Queries

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going is the number one best book of astrophysics in our list. The author of this book is Neil DeGrasse Tyson and James Trefil. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a renowned astrophysicist and planetary scientist. He had hosted the famous National Geographic documentary Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. James Trefil is a physicist and the author of some fifty books.

Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going consist of 10 Chapters. The content is presented in the form of text with beautiful graphics. The book was published on 2nd March, 2021 and its length is 312 pages.

Length: 312 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Audiobook, Hardcover

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


2. Liftoff

Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX is the second-best book of astrophysics in our list. The author of this book is Eric Berger. The book follows the inside stories of historical flights launched by SpaceX. It also revolves around Elon Musk career and time in SpaceX. This book is more of a biography.

Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX consist of 11 Chapters. This book was published on 2nd March, 2021 and its length 288 pages.

Length: 288 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Audiobook, Hardcover

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.8 out of 5


3. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is the third-best book of astrophysics in our list. The author of this book is Neil DeGrasse Tyson. The book is published by W. W. Norton & Company. The book revolves around the basic questions related to universe.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry comprise of 12 Chapters. It was published on 2nd May, 2017. Upon publication the book made it to the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list. The length of the book is 244 Pages.

Length: 244 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Audiobook, Hardcover

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.7 out of 5


4. Extraterrestrial

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth is written by Avi Loeb. Avi Loeb is an American-Israeli Astronomer. By profession he is a professor of Science at Harvard University. Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth is more about theoretical study by the author himself. In this book the author claims that our solar system was recently visited by advanced alien technology from a distant star.

Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth comprise of 13 Chapters. The book was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 26th January, 2021. The length of the book is 240 Pages. The book is available in different formats.

Length: 240 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Audiobook, Hardcover, Paperback

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.4 out of 5


5. The Illustrated Brief History of Time

The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded Edition is authored by Stephen Hawking. Everyone knows who Stephen Hawking is if not. He was a renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist. The book was bestseller and 25 million copies sold.

The Illustrated Brief History of Time has 12 Chapters. The original book A Brief History of Time was published in 1988 and The Illustrated Brief History of Time, Updated and Expanded was published in 1996 by Bantam Books. The length of the updated and expanded book is 248 Pages. It is available in two formats.

Length: 248 Pages

Available Formats: Hardcover, Paperback

Latest Version: Updated & Expanded Edition

Rating: 4.8 out of 5


6. Turn Left at Orion

Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope – and How to Find Them, authored by Guy Consolmagno. Guy Consolmagno is an American Astronomer and Physicist. This is a useful textbook and guide for astronomy students and scholars.

Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope – and How to Find Them has 10 Chapters.  The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000. Turn Left at Orion book length is 256 Pages. It is available in different formats.

Length: 256 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Paperback, Spiral-bound

Latest Version: 5th Edition

Rating: 4.7 out of 5


7. Understanding Our Universe

Understanding Our Universe is one the best textbook of astrophysics. The book is written by Stacy Palen, Laura Kay, George Blumenthal. Stacy Palen is an award-winning professor in the physics department at Weber State University and George Blumenthal is an American astrophysicist, astronomer, professor, and academic administrator.

Understanding Our Universe has 18 Chapters. Understanding Our Universe is published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2011. The length of the book is 576 Pages. It is available in quiet a few formats.

Length: 576 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Paperback, Loose Leaf

Latest Version: 4th Edition

Rating: 4.5 out of 5


8. A Student’s Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy

A Student’s Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy (Student’s Guides) is another best textbook of astrophysics authored by Daniel Fleisch and Julia Kregenow. Daniel A. Fleisch is Professor of Physics at Wittenberg University, where he specializes in electromagnetics and space physics. Julia Kregenow is an astronomer and educator.

A Student’s Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy has 6 Chapters. A Student’s Guide to the Mathematics of Astronomy was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. The length of the book is 197 Pages. This book is available in different formats.

Length: 197 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Hardcover, Paperback

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.6 out of 5


9. The Atlas of Mars

The Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography and Geology is space science book written by Kenneth S. Coles, Kenneth L. Tanaka and Philip R. Christensen. This book revolves around the planet Mars. This book is for everyone who is interested in astronomy and mars the red planet.

The Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography and Geology has 5 Chapters. The Atlas of Mars: Mapping its Geography and Geology was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. The length of the book is 300 Pages. This book is available in different formats.

Length: 300 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Hardcover

Latest Version: 1st Edition

Rating: 4.7 out of 5


10. Rocket Propulsion Elements

Rocket Propulsion Elements is an astrophysics book written by George P. Sutton and Oscar Biblarz. The book is a good textbook for students, teachers and researchers alike. This book is for those who want to learn about basic technology, performance and design of rocket propulsion. This book has brought Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy together to achieve a single goal.

Rocket Propulsion Elements Medium has 21 Chapters. The book was initially published in 1949 and later published by Wiley Publishers in 1986. The length of the book is 792 Pages. The latest version is available in two formats.

Length: 792 Pages

Available Formats: Kindle eBook, Hardcover

Latest Version: 9th Edition

Rating: 4.7 out of 5

So, we are going wrap this up here. These are top 10 best books of astrophysics according to our research. There can be a lot of more other good books out there. Let us know which one have you read till now and which one are you going to read. If you want any amendments in the list, just let us know in the comment section.

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