is the first book you selected, subtitled “A Complete History of the Universe”. He received his PhD in astronomy from University of Virginia, and has worked on the Hubble Telescope. "The Girl Who Named Pluto" (Schwartz & Wade, 2019), By Alice B. McGinty, Illustrated by Elizabeth Haidle. Some seem to make sense when you first hear them – like the idea that the moon looks big when it’s setting on the horizon because the air acts like a lens. There was a problem. There is a wealth of books published each year covering all aspects of space, astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology: books on topics practical stargazing and histories of spaceflight, from the latest burning cosmic questions to beginners’ guides explaining the basic principles of our Solar System, Galaxy and Universe. see our ongoing Space Books coverage here, Read an excerpt from "They Are Already Here,", The Elysium effect: The coming backlash to the billionaire 'NewSpace' revolution, Buck Rogers finally set to return to both the big and small screen: report, 'Lost' tectonic plate called Resurrection hidden under the Pacific. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook. If you want to get inside the head of a modern astronaut, you could hardly do better than these charming autobiographical reflections by Chris Hadfield, who flew twice on the space shuttle and commanded the International Space Station. It’s a psychological effect, there’s no real science behind it. An astronomer is someone who observes the sky. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. It sounds comprehensive, but I can’t ignore that one of the three authors is the founding guitarist of Queen. We’ve gotten as far as the moon, although millions still believe we never actually landed. Margaret Busby, chair of this year's judging panel, discusses the six books that made the cut in 2020. They launch a big wave of subatomic particles into space. That may sound funny, but he has a PhD in astronomy and became a very good astronomer. Astrology is the old idea that the cycles in the sky somehow have an effect on Earth. You might be amazed by how much you can see at night with just your eyes (and perhaps a modest pair of binoculars). The joke is: if you’re sitting next to somebody on an airplane and you want to talk to them you say you’re an astronomer, and if you don’t want to talk to them you say you’re an astrophysicist. Man on the Moon is a fantastic book. How did an 11-year-old English schoolgirl come to name Pluto? Buy "Dr. Space Junk Vs. the Universe" on Amazon.com. If you make just one assumption – that light travels at a certain speed, and you give that a number you call “c” – then everything falls into place in the universe. That’s because unlike the moon, the Earth undergoes erosion, there’s been continental drift, there’s water, wind and whipping air. But we do have numbers we can hang on to. The books written … We hope they'll do the same for you! And second, to show how important critical thinking is. An asteroid was named after him in 2008. That’s just not true. Editor's Picks: Science Fiction & Fantasy. Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight. Please try again later. You find that mass and energy are two sides of the same coin. And the vintage-flavored illustrations by Elizabeth Haidle make the experience a visual delight. Her short stories — a haunted interstellar mission, a deadly global plague of misogyny, the devastating consequence of a time traveler trying to return home — correspondingly defy gender and genre expectations. But women played a vital role, often laboring with limited support and rewarded with little glory. Buy "The Andromeda Evolution" on Amazon.com. Even light-choked suburban skies are full of wonders once you know what to look for. Alan Ladwig, a former NASA manager, dives into the promise of public spaceflight in this new book, which comes as Blue Origin, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and more take aim at private and commercial space travel. Every year, the Booker Prize judges whittle a year's worth of fiction down to a shortlist of six books, each competing for the title of the best novel of the year.