The Astronomical Society of the Toms River Area


Library of Books available for members to borrow

If you would like to borrow any of these books from our library please contact John Endreson at or call the ASTRA hotline 609-971-3331

The Far Side of the Moon

The Far Side Of The Moon:

This is the first book to explain in detail how the far side was deeply covered by ejecta from the Near Side Megabasin and modified by later impacts. A CDRom accompanies the book, and contains all the enhanced and cleaned photographs for use by the reader.

Astronomy Hacks

Astronomy Hacks:

Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky

By Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Edition: illustrated; Published by O'Reilly, 2005

Night Watch

Night Watch:

by Terence Dickinson
Includes new star charts, tables, and diagrams, plus more than one hundred new color photographs and illustrations.

New Atlas of the Moon

New Atlas of the Moon:

by Serge Brunier (Author), Thierry Legault (Photographer)
Comprehensive and lushly illustrated, this book allows amateur stargazers to find hundreds of lunar features and explore them with confidence. The most distinctive feature of this atlas is the use of clear overlays.

Don't Know Much About the Universe

Don't Know Much About the Universe:

Fifth in Kenneth C. Davis's best-selling series, "Everything You Need to Know About the Cosmos but Never Learned", explores questions not usually found in science textbooks.

The Beginners Observing Guide

The Beginner's Observing Guide:

By Leo Enright
At last! An easy to follow guide to the sky that provides essential information in a non-technical way,

Encyclopedia of Space

Encyclopedia of Space:

National Geographic has always guided readers to remote regions of the world. Now it goes out of this world, with this lavish guide to the near and far reaches of the universe.

Backyard Astronomer's Guide

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide:

Despite the book's title, there is very little about astronomy here, i.e., lists of constellations, star charts, night sky maps, or details about planets, stars, and galaxies. However, there is a wealth of information about the equipment used in astronomy.

Earth from Space

Earth from Space:

Contains views of our planet as seen by a new generation of satellites in orbit above the Earth. All the images in this book were taken from satellites and astronauts in orbit above the Earth.

The Universe and Beyond

The Universe and Beyond:

A factual guide to the universe, written by best selling astronomy author, Terence Dickinson. This book includes recent astronomical discoveries and events using imaginative astronomical illustration in addition to dramatic photography.

The Real Mars

The Real Mars:

Michael Hanlon's book relates the history of a planet that has piqued human curiosity and study for centuries. Hanlon also visits Mars as it has been imagined in movies and science fiction.

Postcards from Mars

Postcards from Mars:

Over 150 lavish full-color-process prints bring the colors and textures of Mars to vivid life on the page. Four of the most impressive pictures are presented in their entirety as gatefold images providing a view of the surface of another planet unprecedented in its detail and clarity.

Norton's Star Atlas

Norton's Star Atlas:

The most famous astronomical reference in the world, having guided thousands of professional and amateur stargazers in their search of the night skies.

The Cambridge Star Atlas

The Cambridge Star Atlas 2000.

By Wil Tirion
An ideal reference for sky watchers everywhere throughout the year.

Burnham's Celestial Handbook

Burnham's Celestial Handbook - (Three Volumes)

This unique and necessary reference is available to guide amateur and advanced astronomers in their knowledge and enjoyment of the stars.

Bright Star Atlas

The Bright Star Atlas 2000.0

by Wil Tirion and Brian Skiff

    6  Seasonal finder charts
   10 Bright Star Atlas Maps

Stars limiting magnitude is 6.5 based upon the Hipparcos/Tycho catalog. Data for 612 objects (Position, size, magnitude, etc) presented in both summary tables and conveniently located opposite each map for quick reference.

Foundations of Astronomy


by Michael A. Seeds

The authors' goals are to help you use astronomy to understand science—and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating, engaging, and visually vibrant, this text will help you answer two fundamental questions: What are we? And how do we know?

Exploring the Milky Way

Galaxy: Exploring the Milky Way

by Stuart Clark

Look into the hazy river of stars that flows across the night sky and you gaze into the center of our Galaxy. With Stuart Clark’s lucid text and nearly 500 cutting-edge images, Galaxy investigates every aspect of the Milky Way.

Guide to Space

Guide to Space : A Photographic Journey Through the Universe

by Peter Bond

Illustrated with photographs from NASA's robotic space probes and the Hubble space telescope, the book takes the viewer and reader on a vicarious trek through space.

Exploring the Universe

Horizons: Exploring the Universe

by Michael A. Seeds

This text, which uses a stars-first organizational approach, is intended for the introductory course in astronomy. This book illustrates how science works, and how scientists depend on evidence to test hypotheses.

Exploring the Universe

Horizons: Exploring the Universe (10th Edition; paperback)

by Michael A. Seeds

With his best-selling astronomy 'Instructors Edition' textbook, author Mike Seeds helps you understand your place in the universe-not just your location in space, but your role in the unfolding history of the physical universe.

Making Your Own Telescope

Making Your Own Telescope

by Allyn J. Thompson

Complete, detailed instructions and numerous diagrams for constructing a do-it-yourself telescope. No complicated mathematics are involved, and no prior knowledge of optics or astronomy is needed to follow the text's step-by-step directions.

Pictorilal Astronomy

Pictorial Astronomy (published 1963)

by Dinsmore Alter, Clarence H. Cleminshaw & John G. Phillips

A guide to the solar system, stars, and nebulae, comets and meteors. Developments in radio astronomy, interplanetary probes, and man in space. More than 400 photographs and drawings.
Planet Warth

Planet Earth

by Jonathan Weiner

This book is summary of discoveries and synthesis of the thinking in many of the branches of the earth sciences at the time. Plate tectonics, oceanography, the composition of the other planets, the workings of the sun, and the origin and future of life on Earth are among some of the topics discussed.
Seasonal Star Charts

Seasonal Star Charts and Luminous Star Finder: A Complete Guide to the Stars

by "The Nature Company"

Unlock the secrets of the night sky with this detailed set of colorful charts. Students will be able to recognize constellations and planets from their indoor studies, and then locate those celestial bodies using the accompanying glow-in-the-dark star finder. 24 pages.
Secrets of the Universe

Secrets of the Universe

by International Masters Publishers

Explore the Galaxies, the Moon, Sun, Stars, and Planets right on your table. Breakthrough photography and unique computer imagery combined with easy to understand language will catapult you into the outer limits.
Stars and Galaxies

Stars and Galaxies

by Michael A. Seeds

Use astronomy to understand science and use science to understand what we are. Fascinating and engaging, this text illustrates the scientific method and guides you to answer these fundamental questions: "What are we?" and "How do we know?"

The Cosmic Perspective

The Cosmic Perspective

by Jeffrey Bennett, Megan Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit

Our Place in the Universe, Discovering the Universe for Yourself, The Science of Astronomy, Making Sense of the Universe: Understanding Motion, Energy, and Gravity, Light and Matter.

The Fallen Sky

The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars

by Christopher Cokinos

Weaving natural history, memoir, and the stories of maverick scientists, daring adventurers, and stargazing dreamers, this epic work takes us from Antarctica to outer space to tell the tale of how the study of meteorites became a scientific passion.

The Solar System

The Solar System

by Michael A. Seeds

This book shows you your place in the universe, not just your location, but also your role as a planet dweller in an evolving universe. You will learn to focus on the scientific method through the strong central questioning themes of "What are we?" and "How do we know?"

The Universe

Universe - The Definitive Visual Guide

by Mark Mortimer
     Edited by Martin Rees

This is a large book in dimensions and content. It covers most of the interesting lore in cosmology and astronomy and is chock full of pictures, explanations and trivia of astronomical history. Big is the order of the day and big appetites will be well satiated after reading this.

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