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Some years ago I did an astronomy course for non astronomers at our university where they used Koupelis' In Quest Of The Universe. Although it changed a bit from my edition (fourth) to the current (seventh), it still seems to cover the same subjects. It talks about the history, modern astronomy, measurement, the planets, stars, galaxies, etc. The book also ...


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Zeilik's Introductory Astronomy and Astrophysics is worth investigating. It's more in depth than Kaufman & Freedman's Universe, mentioned in another answer, but requires a little more mathematical background such as basic calculus and trigonometry. I'd also recommend looking at online courses from providers such as Coursera, Khan Academy and edx (and ...


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Kaufman & Freedman's Universe is a very basic astronomy book aimed at non-astronomy science students or astronomy 1st year students, although for the latter it is perhaps a bit too basic. It covers introductions to all the topics you mention, except perhaps exoplanets (but my edition is from the late 90's; my guess is they have it covered too by now). It ...



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