The Astronomy Handbook

The Ultimate Guide to Observing and Understanding Stars, Planets, Galaxies, and the Universe


By Govert Schilling

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This essential guide for every amateur astronomer explores the entire universe in one practical, easy-to-use, beginner-friendly handbook.​

The Astronomy Handbook, by award-winning astronomy writer Govert Schilling, is the indispensable, go-to guide to everything you ever wanted or need to know about space, including:
  • the stars and the constellations
  • planets
  • comets
  • eclipses
  • galaxies
  • black holes
  • exoplanets
  • and much more
It also offers an excellent education for every amateur astronomer, including detailed and practical information on how to:
  • locate and track the movements of the constellations throughout the year
  • view the planets and the cosmos
  • select the best equipment to use, including telescopes and cameras
  • photograph objects in space
Schilling provides a fascinating history of astronomy, as well as clear and accessible explanations of binary, variable, and neutron stars; black holes and gamma-ray bursts; the formation and structure of galaxies; dark matter; and extraterrestrial life.The Astronomy Handbook is a primordial soup-to-nuts guide to the cosmos and an essential reference for every student of the universe. 

  • “An impressively comprehensive bird’s-eye view of a research topic that is both many decades established and yet still at the very cutting edge of astronomy and physics.”
    Katie Mack, Wall Street Journal, on The Elephant in the Universe
  • "A deep dive...a great resource for those who like astronomical history."
    GeekDad, on Constellations

On Sale
May 28, 2024
Page Count
256 pages

Govert Schilling

Govert Schilling

About the Author

Govert Schilling is an award-winning astronomy writer whose work has appeared in New Scientist, Science, BBC Sky at Night Magazine. He is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope and author of Constellations: The Story of Space Told Through The 88 Known Star Patterns in the Night Sky as well as Deep Space: Beyond the Solar System to the Edge of the Universe and the Beginning of Time. He lives in the Netherlands.

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