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Message 1990428 - Posted: 17 Apr 2019, 22:40:17 UTC

Hello -

I wonder if any of the project scientists or other professional astronomers might be able to recommend an introductory textbook in astronomy? I am looking for whatever a freshman or sophomore student would start with if they were intent upon a career in astronomy - in other words, the "Astronomy 101" textbook - not dumbed down for non-science students but what the serious student of astronomy would start with as their first course. Amazon didn't seem to have any good choices. Any suggestions?

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Message 1990447 - Posted: 18 Apr 2019, 1:11:07 UTC - in response to Message 1990428.  

go to Berkley's website and watch Filipenko's astronomy lectures. They are quite good.
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Message 1993323 - Posted: 10 May 2019, 6:08:44 UTC - in response to Message 1990428.  

My undergrad text book was fantastic, I still refer to it now and I'm doing my PhD. It's easy to read but with enough detail to be useful.
Here's the reference:

Freedman, R., Geller, R., & Kaufmann, W. J. (2010). Universe: The solar system. Macmillan.
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