8 Nonfiction Books About Space That Are Literally Out of This World

Astronomy, physics, space, oh my! Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with outer space, reveling in information about our solar system and our galaxy. I tend to track meteor showers better than my own daily tasks, and I’ve definitely measured and placed constellations made of glow-in-the-dark stickers on my ceiling accurately. If you don’t already think I’m a space nerd, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a member of the local planetarium, and I go there so often that I know as much about the museum as the back of my favorite book.

Speaking of books, there are as many incredible books on space as there are stars in the sky – well, well, not so many, but there are plenty to choose from! From iconic writers and scientists like Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, to astronauts like Chris Hadfield, everyone has something new to reveal about the universe.

Whether you like hard facts, impossible theories, or funny space jokes, I’ve got a great list of books for you. Space exploration may feel small at times, but it also reminds you of a part of something so vast that it is almost incomprehensible. Take a deep dive into these eight incredible books on space, time, and the impossible possibilities it brings:

1. Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking

Although this masterpiece was published in the 1980s, many of Hawking’s theories and predictions still hold true today. Hawking explores the ways in which humans try to understand the stars, and how this curiosity will never die from humanity. Stephen Hawking writes down a large number of complex ideas in an easy-to-understand way. It is guaranteed to satisfy all your space concerns.

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2. die in a black hole Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is undoubtedly one of the most famous astrophysicists today. He’s the host of one of my favorite documentaries, Universe: Time Odysseybest friends with science expert Bill Nye, who hosted a star language – Is this guy any better? I first picked up this book when I needed to do some astronomy research for a story I was writing, but it quickly became one of my favorite space books.

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3. universe Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, mentor to the much-loved Neil deGrasse Tyson, captured the important ideas of space and time and tactfully understood them in his book as universeCovering topics such as anthropology, cosmology, biology, history, and astronomy, Sagan shares his perspectives on everything from alien life to the future of science.

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4. Mars Packaging Mary Roach

After reading the first page of this book, you will be a lifelong fan of Mary Roach. Mars Packaging is her interesting, science-driven book on how living in space reflects what it means to be human. Answer the following questions: What happens to you when you can’t walk, have sex, or even smell flowers for a year? What is it really like to live in space? Can we survive on another planet, given what we’re used to? Roach found a way to experience life in outer space without leaving Earth.

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5. Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield is best known for the David Bowie music video he made on the International Space Station. In this book, the Canadian astronaut documents his sometimes terrifying, sometimes exhilarating, and generally frantic preparations for life in space. This wonderful book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, a useful skill in everyday life.

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6. impossible physics by Michio Kaku

If you are a fan of science fiction or interested in invention and innovation, this book is for you. Kaku takes impossible ideas like invisibility cloaks, force fields, death rays, etc. and explains them with real facts. He brilliantly explains how these fictional inventions could one day become reality. After all, decades ago, scientists and inventors thought lasers and atomic bombs were impossible!

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7. women in space by Karen Bush Gibson

This book collects the stories of 23 brave, intelligent, and awesome women who worked in space research. Each story focuses on their triumphs and tragedies, their pasts, and their hopes for the future. You’ll learn a lot about space – and you’ll be inspired by these pioneering women.

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8. how it ended Chris Imper

Filled with fun facts, illustrations, and unfortunate reminders, this book is Impey’s humorous take on a universe without us. how it ended Will take you quickly to understand the science behind end – The end of the individual and the end of humanity all exist. Although the subject matter is not pleasant, how it ended is an enjoyable read that you will want to read again and again.

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