There’s something magical about a sky full of stars, don’t you agree? Especially this time of the year, when the stars seem brighter.
Stephen Hawking once said: ” So remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes a universe exist. Be curious! And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
On the 5th day of BLOGMAS I’m giving you a list of all my favorite books (even a few options for kids) to read and enjoy now, when..
the Stars Are Brightly Shining..
Happy reading, everyone!
Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts.
This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky’s most brilliant features–such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets–as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space.
A splendid, richly illustrated guide to myths, histories and science of the celestial bodies of our incredible solar system, for everyone!
The National Geographic Society prints some of the most amazing photographic books you could find. These are some of my favorites:
The Hubble Cosmos: 25 Years of New Vistas in Space, by David H. Devorkin, Robert W. Smith
Celebrating NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope with more than 150 photographs including Hubble All-Stars—the most famous of all the noteworthy images—The Hubble Cosmos shows how this telescope is revolutionizing our understanding of the universe.
View from Above: An Astronauts photographs the world, by Commander Terry Virts
Available on Amazon.com : Hardcover
A NASA astronaut and distinguished space photographer who spent more than seven months off the planet presents his astonishing aerial images of Earth, along with captivating tales of life at the edge of the atmosphere. The colors, shapes, details–and the stories they tell–are endlessly fascinating. Virts’s book marries his exquisite photographs with glimpses of everyday life in orbit, including candid shots of fellow astronauts Scott Kelly and Samantha Cristoforetti. Amid this amazing show of Earth spectacles, he reflects on how the astronaut’s point of view has shaped his life and spirit. Filled with magnificent photographs that will astonish and inspire, this book–and its intrepid author–becomes our guide to a new way of looking at the world.
StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Available on Amazon.com : Hardcover
For decades, beloved astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has interpreted science with a combination of brainpower and charm that resonates with fans everywhere. This illustrated companion to the popular podcast and National Geographic Channel show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about our universe, space, astronomy and the complexities of the cosmos.
Fun, smart, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is the perfect guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the universe—and beyond.
More from Neil deGrasse Tyson, here
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, By Neil deGrasse Tyson
My personal favorite from deGrasse Tyson is Astrophysics for People in a Hurry; Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day. While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the big bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.
In the years since its publication in 1988, Stephen Hawking‘s A Brief History Of Time has established itself as a landmark volume in scientific writing.
It has become an international publishing phenomenon, translated into forty languages and selling over nine million copies. This book is a must read, a classic work that now brings to the reader the latest understanding of cosmology.
A Brief History Of Time is the story of the ongoing search for the tantalizing secrets at the heart of time and space.
The Last Man on The Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Race in Space, by Eugene Cernan, Don Davis
Eugene Cernan was a unique American who came of age as an astronaut during the most exciting and dangerous decade of spaceflight. His career spanned the entire Gemini and Apollo programs, from being the first person to spacewalk all the way around our world to the moment when he left man’s last footprint on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17.
Written with New York Times bestselling author Don Davis, The Last Man on the Moon is the astronaut story never before told – about the fear, love and sacrifice demanded of the few men who dared to reach beyond the heavens for the biggest prize of all – the Moon.
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything, by Col. Chris Hadfield
What I found out by reading these books is that, somehow, all astronauts have a fantastic sense of humor! You might remember Colonel Hadfield‘s performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ (32,209,760 million views) posted a few years ago on his YouTube Channel: Chris Hadfield’s Rare Earth.
Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Chris Hadfield’s success – and survival – is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst – and enjoy every moment of it.
In his book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement – and happiness.
Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, by Mike Massimino
Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope – which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission – Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, by Scott Kelly
From the NASA astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few of us ever have and very few of us ever will.
In his book Kelly touches on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves, the pressures of constant close cohabitation, the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home. Endurance is one of the finest examples of the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
The Story Behind the Race
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars, by Nathalia Holt
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn’t turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.
For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women–known as “human computers”–who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we’ve been, and the far reaches of space to which we’re heading.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Shetterly
I am currently reading Hidden Figures and so far I love it; this #1 New York Times bestseller tells the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library), by Tish Rabe
Available on Amazon.com : Hardcover
Au revoir, Pluto! In this newly revised, bestselling backlist title, beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in our solar system, along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick, and Sally. It’s a reading adventure that’s out of this world!
Little Kids First Book of Space, by Catherine D. Hughes
Available on Amazon.com : Hardcover
This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.
Here We Are, by Oliver Jeffers
The multi-award-winning, internationally best-selling creator of Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers deliver this splendid book about our planet.
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else….
Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.