Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Deradoorian Storm Fire TV Stick Grocery Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Shop Popular Services Home Theater Setup Plumbing Services Assembly Services Shop all tmnt tmnt tmnt  Amazon Echo Fire HD 6 Kindle Voyage The Walking Dead\ Gear Up for Football Deal of the Day
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Eighth Edition and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Seventh Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) Seventh Edition Edition

72 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470230831
ISBN-10: 0470230835
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used
$7.31
Buy new
$17.51
More Buying Choices
22 New from $11.28 81 Used from $0.25

There is a newer edition of this item:

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Textbooks
$17.51 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Seventh Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) + NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Price for both: $46.70

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

""One of the best ways by which one can be introduced to the wonders of astronomy."" The Strolling Astronomer

""Excellent . . . provides stimulating reading and actively involves the reader in astronomy."" The Reflector

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Book Description

Thoroughly revised, a perennial bestseller and one of the most successful beginner's astronomy books in the market. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

See all Editorial Reviews
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Self-Teaching Guides (Book 190)
  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; Seventh Edition edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470230835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470230831
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By nerdyguy1618 on October 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am a college professor and have used earlier editions of this book as a required text and also as a recommended text for an introductory astronomy course. I like this book because it has the information that is needed and is not overloaded with extraneous information or pictures. It gets to the point. Many other popular textbooks have way too much information to be covered in a semester course, and it costs the students well over a hundred dollars to get the book. These texts have fancy color pages that aren't really all that necessary, in my opinion, and long explanations that are too much for an introductory course for non-science majors. Moche's book is different. It has what you need but doesn't go overboard. But does it have enough? Colleagues of mine have tried to point out topics that are missing from the book. I look them up, and sure enough, those topics are there! The book treats a large number of topics in a concise way. As a result, the information is accessible, and the book is quite affordable for the student. If a student or a professor wishes to go more in depth on a particular topic, that's what class time is for, or sources such as current articles from astronomy magazines.

While I have mostly used this book in an academic setting, I would also recommend this book to someone wanting to learn astronomy on his or her own. The format is helpful for self-learning.

This latest edition will not disappoint you. There are many updates, such as the numbers of moons of the planets. Plus, there is a color insert, which adds some color without adding to the book's price.

What a great way to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009!

Clear skies....
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By R. Kahlenberg on November 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a mother who doesn't know much about astronomy but now I've found a resource to use when my kids ask me questions about the stars and planets. This is an easy-to-read guide for parents who are not experts.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Astronomy Fan on September 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book provides an excellent introduction to astronomy. It is up to date with excellent photographs and clear explanations. I would highly recommend this book to students in astronomy classes as well as people who wish to learn about astronomy as a hobby.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Don on October 4, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A very good book for little more than a beginner. Would have been nice to have colored pictures, but then the cost would have been higher. However, the diagrams and black and white photos were good enough to relate to the information. The book met the requirements for the purpose of what it was meant for. I would rate it as a 4 1/2.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By astromom on November 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Even with the high level of material in this book, as a high school student, I was fully able to understand everything! The information is excellent and is extremely easy to use. There is no better astronomy self teaching guide than Dr. Moche's. Her simplicity in the complex concepts is brilliant.

Thanks for a great guide!

-Lucy Schwartz
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Garry G. on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
When I read the reviews about this book I assumed it was a fairly simple self teaching guide, however it is far from that.

I am familiar with astronomy so the book was not for me, it was more for my wife. When I received and reviewed the book, it was not as simple as I had hoped. Not that my wife is a simple minded person either, but the book is based on someone who should have prior knowledge of astronomy rather than a beginner.

I would not recommend this book as a self teaching guide, in fact I would not recommend this book at all. Save your money or buy Night Watch which is an EXCELLENT beginners book to astronomy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Payne on January 27, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
THis is a great book, easy to read and follow. Ilistrations are helpful and easy to follow.
I am glad I purchased this book and would recommend it to others.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Moher on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the nicest, most thoughtfully presented intro to astronomy I have ever come across. Every aspect of this gem is outstanding. Great diagrams, clearly presented concepts, well paced....dirt cheap. It is organized just like a self paced course, with frequent quizzes and end of chapter tests. If you want to start off in astronomy with one excellent book, this would be the one. I just wish I had of discovered it years ago. I'm using the 5th edition. I would presume subsequent editions to be at least as good.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Seventh Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)
This item: Astronomy: A Self-Teaching Guide, Seventh Edition (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides)
Price: $17.51
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: electrically neutral, beginning of the milky way, dark hole, astronomy