Free Astronomy Books

This is the updated list of astronomy books available for free download or online reading. These books and
papers cover all the areas of astrophysics, cosmology, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, solar and stellar
physics, celestial mechanics, planetary science, astrobiology, as well as some popular works. The books are
made available free of charge to the reader by their authors or publishers. Here is a categorized directory of
astronomy books
. This page is updated daily.

      

001. Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon
       D.E. Hughes, J.K. Bowker | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1971

002. Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
       Martin V. Zombeck | Cambridge University Press
       Published in 2006, 780 pages

003. The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery
       William Sheehan | University of Arizona Press
       Published in 1996, 270 pages

004. Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries
        | NASA
       Published in 2012

005. Advances in Global and Local Helioseismology: an Introductory Review
       Alexander G. Kosovichev | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 86 pages

006. A Review of the Universe: Structures, Evolutions, Observations, and Theories
        | universe-review.ca
       Published in 2009

007. The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
       Michael H. Carr | NASA
       Published in 1984, 322 pages

008. Sky Surveys
       S. G. Djorgovski, A.A. Mahabal, A.J. Drake, M.J. Graham, C. Donalek | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 62 pages

009. Great Astronomers
       Robert S. Ball | Isbister
       Published in 1895, 392 pages

010. Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Physics Beyond the Standard Model
       Subir Sarkar | arXiv
       Published in 1996, 156 pages

011. Observing the Sky from 30S
       Roberto Mura | Wikibooks
       Published in 2010, 86 pages

012. An Exposition on Inflationary Cosmology
       Scott Watson | arXiv
       Published in 2000, 93 pages

013. Views of the Solar System
       Calvin J. Hamilton |
       Published in 2008

014. An introductory treatise on the lunar theory
       Ernest W Brown | Cambridge University Press
       Published in 1896, 312 pages

015. The Solar Magnetic Field
       Sami Solanki, Bernd Inhester, Manfred Schussler | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 83 pages

016. Observatories in Space
       Catherine Turon | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 50 pages

017. Pioneers of Science
       Oliver Lodge | Macmillan and co
       Published in 1905, 421 pages

018. A Primer for Black Hole Quantum Physics
       R. Brout, S. Massar, R. Parentani, P. Spindel | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 178 pages

019. A Practical Introduction to Numerical Hydrodynamics
       Garrelt Mellema | Leiden University
       Published in 2003

020. Astrochemistry: The Issue of Molecular Complexity in Astrophysical Environments
       M. De Becker | arXiv
       Published in 2013, 62 pages

021. Lectures on Inflation and Cosmological Perturbations
       David Langlois | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 56 pages

022. Particle Physics Aspects of Modern Cosmology
       Robert H. Brandenberger | arXiv
       Published in 1997, 70 pages

023. Observational Probes of Cosmic Acceleration
       David H. Weinberg, et al. | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 253 pages

024. Lunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
       John Lindsay | Elsevier
       Published in 1976, 311 pages

025. Primordial Magnetogenesis
       Alejandra Kandus, Kerstin E. Kunze, Christos G. Tsagas | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 107 pages

026. Cosmic Rays and the Search for a Lorentz Invariance Violation
       Wolfgang Bietenholz | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 81 pages

027. Inflationary Cosmology and Structure Formation
       J. A. Peacock | arXiv
       Published in 1996, 77 pages

028. Understanding Galaxy Formation and Evolution
       V. Avila-Reese | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 50 pages

029. Spherical Astronomy
       F. Brünnow | Van Nostrand
       Published in 1865, 559 pages

030. The Story of Eclipses
       George F. Chambers | S. S. McClure Co.
       Published in 1909, 208 pages

031. Planetary Rings
       Matthew S. Tiscareno | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 82 pages

032. Quantization in Astrophysics, Brownian Motion, and Supersymmetry
       F. Smarandache, V. Christianto | MathTiger
       Published in 2007, 516 pages

033. Practical Astronomy
       George L. Hosmer | John Wiley and Sons Inc.
       Published in 1925, 314 pages

034. Planetary Photometry
       Max Fairbairn |
       Published in 2005

035. Massive Stars and their Supernovae
       F. Thielemann, R. Hirschi, M. Liebendorfer, R. Diehl | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 81 pages

036. Cosmology
       James Schombert | University of Oregon
       Published in 2008

037. Protoplanetary Disks and Their Evolution
       Jonathan P. Williams, Lucas A. Cieza | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 65 pages

038. The Elements of Theoretical and Descriptive Astronomy
       Charles J. White | J. Wiley
       Published in 1909, 322 pages

039. Textbook on Practical Astronomy
       George Leonard Hosmer | Wiley
       Published in 1910, 252 pages

040. Celestial Navigation, Elementary Astronomy, Piloting
       Arturo Chiesa, Raffaele Chiesa | Sky and Sea Software
       Published in 2010

041. Solar System
        | Wikipedia
       Published in 2012, 646 pages

042. Photographs of Nebulae and Clusters
       James Edward Keeler | University of California Publications
       Published in 1908

043. An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics
       Forest Ray Moulton | The MacMillan Company
       Published in 1914, 437 pages

044. Multi-messenger Astronomy and Dark Matter
       Las Bergstrom | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 105 pages

045. Atomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary Science
       Geoffrey A. Blake | California Institute of Technology
       Published in 2004

046. The Star Splitters: The High Energy Astronomy Observatories
       Wallace H. Tucker | NASA History Office
       Published in 1984, 182 pages

047. The world according to the Hubble Space Telescope
       Mario Livio | arXiv.org
       Published in 2008, 112 pages

048. A Handbook of Descriptive and Practical Astronomy
       George F. Chambers | Oxford At The Clarendon Press
       Published in 1889, 756 pages

049. History of Astronomy
       George Forbes |
       Published in 1909

050. Superstring Cosmology
       James E. Lidsey, David Wands, E. J. Copeland | arXiv
       Published in 2000, 161 pages

051. Introduction to relativistic astrophysics and cosmology through Maple
       V. L. Kalashnikov | arXiv
       Published in 2001, 124 pages

052. Black-Hole Phenomenology
       Neven Bilic | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 58 pages

053. Introduction to the Theory of Black Holes
       Gerard 't Hooft | Utrecht University
       Published in 2009, 49 pages

054. High Energy Astrophysics
       Jonathan Katz | The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing
       Published in 1986, 338 pages

055. Introduction to Millimeter/Sub-Millimeter Astronomy
       T. L. Wilson | arXiv
       Published in 2009, 106 pages

056. To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration
       Don E. Wilhelms | University of Arizona Press
       Published in 1993, 524 pages

057. Galaxies and the Expanding Universe
       James Schombert | University of Oregon
       Published in 2008

058. Notes on Stellar Astrophysics
       James N. Pierce | Minnesota State University
       Published in 2013, 299 pages

059. Elements of Astrophysics
       Nick Kaiser | University of Hawaii
       Published in 2002, 435 pages

060. Recent Developments in Gravitational Collapse and Spacetime Singularities
       Pankaj S. Joshi, Daniele Malafarina | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 89 pages

061. Techniques of Radio Astronomy
       T. L. Wilson | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 47 pages

062. The Galactic Habitable Zone I. Galactic Chemical Evolution
       G. Gonzalez, D. Brownlee, P. Ward | arXiv
       Published in 2001, 57 pages

063. Introduction to Non-Baryonic Dark Matter
       Paolo Gondolo | arXiv
       Published in 2004, 51 pages

064. Gravitational Wave Experiments and Early Universe Cosmology
       Michele Maggiore | arXiv
       Published in 2000, 100 pages

065. Cosmology: Mankind's Grand Investigation
       Greg Bothun | Harcourt Brace College Publishers
       Published in 1999, 129 pages

066. Consolidated Lunar Atlas
       Gerald P. Kuiper, et al. | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1960

067. When Biospheres Collide: A History of NASA's Planetary Protection Programs
       Michael Meltzer | NASA
       Published in 2011, 542 pages

068. Evolution of the Solar System
       Hannes Alfven, Gustaf Arrhenius | NASA
       Published in 1976

069. Habitable Planets for Man
       Stephen H. Dole | RAND Corporation
       Published in 1964, 176 pages

070. General Astronomy
        | Wikibooks
       Published in 2009

071. Radiative Gas Dynamics
       David Weinberg | Ohio State University
       Published in 2007

072. Origin of the Moon
       W. K. Hartmann, R. J. Phillips, G. J. Taylor | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1986, 781 pages

073. Ekpyrotic and Cyclic Cosmology
       Jean-Luc Lehners | arXiv
       Published in 2009, 79 pages

074. Are We Alone?
       Gregg Easterbrook | The Atlantic Monthly
       Published in 1988

075. Curiosities of the Sky
       Garrett Putman Serviss | Harper & Brothers
       Published in 1909, 300 pages

076. Radiative Processes in High Energy Astrophysics
       Gabriele Ghisellini | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 157 pages

077. Traces of Catastrophe
       Bevan M French | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1998, 120 pages

078. Introduction to Supersymmetry: Astrophysical and Phenomenological Constraints
       Keith A. Olive | arXiv
       Published in 1999, 67 pages

079. First Light
       Abraham Loeb | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 157 pages

080. Man's Place in the Universe
       Alfred R. Wallace | Chapman and Hall
       Published in 1904, 330 pages

081. Dwarf-Galaxy Cosmology
       Regina Schulte-Ladbeck, at al. | Hindawi Publishing
       Published in 2010

082. Planetary Theory
       Ernest Brown, Clarence Shook | Cambridge University Press
       Published in 1933, 323 pages

083. The First Stars
       Simon C. O. Glover | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 72 pages

084. Lecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systems
       Philip J. Armitage | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 63 pages

085. Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies up to Second Order
       Nicola Bartolo, Sabino Matarrese, Antonio Riotto | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 53 pages

086. Large Scale Structure of the Universe
       Alison L. Coil | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 43 pages

087. Astrodynamics: A Compendium of Orbitology
        | Wikipedia
       Published in 2013, 334 pages

088. Recreations in Astronomy
       Henry White Warren | Project Gutenberg
       

089. An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics
       Richard Fitzpatrick | The University of Texas at Austin
       Published in 2011, 216 pages

090. Black Holes
       P.K. Townsend | arXiv
       Published in 1997, 145 pages

091. The Fundamentals of Stellar Astrophysics
       George W. Collins, II | W H Freeman & Co
       Published in 2003, 494 pages

092. A Text-book of Astronomy
       George C. Comstock | D. Appleton and company
       Published in 1901, 391 pages

093. Cosmos and Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context
       Steven J. Dick, Mark L. Lupisella | NASA
       Published in 2010, 612 pages

094. Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
       N. S. Hetherington, W. P. McCray | American Institute of Physics
       Published in 2009

095. Mysteries of the Sun
       Ginger Butcher | NASA
       Published in 2011, 20 pages

096. The Cosmic Web: Geometric Analysis
       Rien van de Weygaert, Willem Schaap | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 129 pages

097. Exoplanet Observing for Amateurs
       Bruce L. Gary | Reductionist Publications
       Published in 2007, 170 pages

098. Inflation
       Marieke Postma | NIKHEF
       Published in 2009, 53 pages

099. Dense Matter in Compact Stars
       Andreas Schmitt | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 146 pages

100. Oulu Space Physics Textbook
       Reijo Rasinkangas | University of Oulu
       Published in 2008

101. Practical Astronomy
       P. S. Michie, F. S. Harlow | John Wiley & Sons
       Published in 1893, 246 pages

102. Cosmological Evolution of Galaxies
       Isaac Shlosman | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 88 pages

103. Magnetic Fields, Strings and Cosmology
       Massimo Giovannini | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 76 pages

104. Cosmology for Particle Physicists
       U. A. Yajnik | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 63 pages

105. Astronomy with an Opera-glass
       Garrett Putman Serviss | D. Appleton & co.
       Published in 1890, 154 pages

106. A Simple Guide to Backyard Astronomy
       Carol Beigel |
       Published in 2008, 61 pages

107. Primordial Nucleosynthesis: from precision cosmology to fundamental physics
       F. Iocco, G. Mangano, G. Miele, O. Pisanti, P.D. Serpico | arXiv
       Published in 2009, 148 pages

108. Frequently Asked Questions about Calendars
       Claus Tøndering |
       Published in 2008, 65 pages

109. The Formation and Evolution of the Solar System
       James Schombert | University of Oregon
       Published in 2007

110. Why CMB physics?
       Massimo Giovannini | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 179 pages

111. Mechanism of the Heavens
       Mary Somerville | J. Murray
       Published in 1831, 710 pages

112. Celestial Mechanics
       J. B. Tatum |
       Published in 2008

113. Stellar Atmospheres
       J. B. Tatum |
       Published in 2006

114. The Foundations of Celestial Mechanics
       George W. Collins, II | Pachart Pub House
       Published in 2004, 145 pages

115. Lopsided Spiral Galaxies
       Chanda J. Jog, Francoise Combes | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 75 pages

116. Astronomical Image and Data Analysis
       J.-L. Starck, F. Murtagh | Springer
       Published in 2006, 335 pages

117. An Introduction to the Theory of Rotating Relativistic Stars
       Eric Gourgoulhon | arXiv
       Published in 2010, 88 pages

118. Supernova Cosmology: Legacy and Future
       Ariel Goobar, Bruno Leibundgut | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 62 pages

119. Cosmology: The Study of the Universe
        | NASA
       Published in 2009, 38 pages

120. Observations of the High Redshift Universe
       Richard S. Ellis | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 115 pages

121. String Cosmology
       James M. Cline | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 47 pages

122. The Birth and Death of Stars
       James Schombert | University of Oregon
       Published in 2008

123. Cosmology Primer
       Sean Carroll | preposterousuniverse.com
       Published in 2012

124. Planetary Science: A Lunar Perspective
       Stuart Ross Taylor | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1982

125. Introduction to Cosmology
       David H Lyth | arXiv
       Published in 1993, 53 pages

126. An Introduction into the Theory of Cosmological Structure Formation
       Christian Knobel | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 102 pages

127. Gravitational Waves: Sources, Detectors and Searches
       Keith Riles | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 79 pages

128. Protostars and Planets IV
       V. Mannings, A. Boss, S. Russell | University of Arizona Press
       Published in 2000, 1422 pages

129. Lectures on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Cosmology
       Luis A. Anchordoqui | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 41 pages

130. Encyclopedia of Astrophysics
       Søren Bertil F. Dorch | Scholarpedia
       Published in 2009

131. Resources of Near-Earth Space
       J. S. Lewis, M. S. Matthews | University of Arizona Press
       Published in 1993, 977 pages

132. Cosmic Rays in Galactic and Extragalactic Magnetic Fields
       F. Aharonian, A. Bykov, E. Parizot, V. Ptuskin, A. Watson | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 43 pages

133. Short History of Astronomy
       Arthur Berry | John Murray
       Published in 1898, 439 pages

134. Particle Physics and Inflationary Cosmology
       Andrei Linde | arXiv
       Published in 2005, 270 pages

135. The Virial Theorem in Stellar Astrophysics
       George W. Collins, II | Pachart Pub. House
       Published in 1978, 135 pages

136. Primer Of Celestial Navigation
       John Favill | Cornell Maritime Press
       Published in 1944, 300 pages

137. Introductory Lectures on Quantum Cosmology
       J. J. Halliwell | arXiv
       Published in 1990, 107 pages

138. Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies
       Halton C. Arp | California Institute of Technology
       Published in 1966, 190 pages

139. Galaxy systems in the optical and infrared
       A. Biviano | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 60 pages

140. Cluster Lenses
       Jean-Paul Kneib, Priyamvada Natarajan | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 120 pages

141. A Photographic Atlas of Rock Breakdown Features in Geomorphic Environments
       Mary Bourke, Heather Viles | Planetary Science Institute
       Published in 2007, 88 pages

142. The Fine-Tuning of the Universe for Intelligent Life
       Luke A. Barnes | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 76 pages

143. The Astronomy of the Bible
       E. Walter Maunder | Richard Clay & Sons
       Published in 1908

144. Elementary Astronomy
       James N. Pierce |
       Published in 2013, 134 pages

145. Astronomical Discovery
       Herbert Hall Turner | E. Arnold
       Published in 1904, 225 pages

146. Elementary Mathematical Astronomy
       C. Barlow, G. Bryan | University Correspondence College Press
       Published in 1893, 442 pages

147. An Introduction to Cosmic Rays and Gamma-Ray Bursts
       A. De Rujula | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 37 pages

148. Images of the Solar Upper Atmosphere From SUMER on SOHO
       Uri Feldman, at al. | ESA Publications Division
       Published in 2003, 209 pages

149. Introduction to Cosmology
       A. D. Dolgov | arXiv
       Published in 2009, 58 pages

150. Lectures on Black Holes, Topological Strings and Quantum Attractors
       Boris Pioline | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 103 pages

151. Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems and Prospects
       Bing Zhang, Peter Meszaros | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 87 pages

152. A Briefer History of Time: From the Big Bang to the Big Mac
       Eric Schulman | St. Martin's Press
       Published in 2004, 207 pages

153. A New Astronomy
       David Peck Todd | American Book Company
       Published in 1906, 437 pages

154. An Introduction to Astronomy
       Forest Ray Moulton | The MacMillan Company
       Published in 1916, 577 pages

155. To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar Astronomy
       Andrew J. Butrica | NASA History Division
       Published in 1996, 301 pages

156. Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science
       Elbert A. King | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1989, 162 pages

157. Stellar Structure and Evolution
       Sergey V. Vorontsov | Queen Mary, University of London
       Published in 2010

158. The Beginning and Evolution of the Universe
       Bharat Ratra, Michael S. Vogeley | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 69 pages

159. General Astronomy
       Harold Spencer Jones | Edward Arnold and Company
       Published in 1924, 392 pages

160. Supernova Remnants: The X-ray Perspective
       Jacco Vink | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 78 pages

161. Astronomy Notes
       Nick Strobel | astronomynotes.com
       Published in 2010

162. Celestial Mechanics: Notes and Work
       J.D. Mireles James | University of Texas
       Published in 2007

163. TASI Lectures: Introduction to Cosmology
       Mark Trodden, Sean M. Carroll | arXiv
       Published in 2004, 82 pages

164. Basaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial Planets
        | Pergamon Press
       Published in 1981, 1286 pages

165. Astronomy of To-day
       Cecil Goodrich Julius Dolmage | Seeley and co.
       Published in 1910

166. Mag 7 Star Atlas Project
       Andrew L. Johnson |
       Published in 2007, 21 pages

167. Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona
       David A. Kring | Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 2007, 154 pages

168. Practical Astronomy for Engineers
       Frederick Hanley Seares | Stephens
       Published in 1909, 160 pages

169. The Cosmological Constant
       Sean M. Carroll | arXiv
       Published in 2000, 50 pages

170. The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in a Cosmological Perspective
       Clement Vidal | arXiv
       Published in 2013, 356 pages

171. A practical guide to Basic Statistical Techniques for Data Analysis in Cosmology
       Licia Verde | arXiv
       Published in 2008, 52 pages

172. An Introduction to Quantum Cosmology
       D.L. Wiltshire | arXiv
       Published in 2003, 60 pages

173. Advances in Modern Cosmology
       Adnan Ghribi | InTech
       Published in 2011, 198 pages

174. An Introduction to Galactic Chemical Evolution
       Nikos Prantzos | arXiv
       Published in 2007, 46 pages

175. Observing the Sky from 40N
       Roberto Mura | Wikibooks
       Published in 2010, 86 pages

176. Star-Gazer's Hand-Book
       Henry William Elson | Sturgis & Walton
       Published in 1910, 72 pages

177. Guide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs
       Thomas P. Hansen | NASA
       Published in 1970, 127 pages

178. Astronomy for Amateurs
       Camille Flammarion | D. Appleton and Company
       Published in 1910

179. The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Sun
       Jay M. Pasachoff | Alpha
       Published in 2003, 350 pages

180. Stellar Superfluids
       Dany Page, et al. | arXiv
       Published in 2013, 88 pages

181. The Birth And Death Of The Sun
       George Gamow | Dover Publications
       Published in 1940, 256 pages

182. Chondrules and their Origins
       Elbert A. King | The Lunar and Planetary Institute
       Published in 1983, 377 pages

183. Introduction to Physical Astronomy
       Kenneth R. Koehler | University of Cincinnati
       Published in 2010

184. Mercury
       F. Vilas, C. Chapman, M. Matthews | University of Arizona Press
       Published in 1989, 794 pages

185. Introduction to Early Universe Cosmology
       Robert H. Brandenberger | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 70 pages

186. Dynamics of the Universe in Problems
       Yu. L. Bolotin, et al. | UniverseInProblems.com
       Published in 2013, 113 pages

187. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Cosmological Constant Problem
       Jerome Martin | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 89 pages

188. The Universe in a Helium Droplet
       Grigory E. Volovik | Oxford University Press
       Published in 2003, 532 pages

189. Modified Gravity and Cosmology
       T. Clifton, P.G. Ferreira, A. Padilla, C. Skordis | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 312 pages

190. Gravitational Wave Detection by Interferometry
       Matthew Pitkin, Stuart Reid, Sheila Rowan, Jim Hough | arXiv
       Published in 2011, 80 pages

191. The Astrobiology Primer: An Outline of General Knowledge
       Lucas J. Mix, at al. | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 79 pages

192. Advanced Topics in Cosmology: A Pedagogical Introduction
       T. Padmanabhan | arXiv
       Published in 2006, 40 pages

193. From Disks to Planets
       Andrew N. Youdin, Scott J. Kenyon | arXiv
       Published in 2012, 70 pages

194. Voyager 1 and 2: Atlas of Six Saturnian Satellites
       Raymond M. Batson | NASA
       Published in 1984, 175 pages

195. Solar Neutrinos
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