I'd like to one day take the Astronomy Olympiad, however I'm at a loss to know where to begin. As it currently stands I have no experience whatsoever with Astronomy. If there are people here with some expertise on the matter, I'd like to know what books you would recommend to study? The syllabus is at the following link: http://www.ioaa.info/page2/page7/page7.html

  • $\begingroup$ What are the specific topics you want to study? $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 23 '14 at 17:15
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    $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 these are the topics that need to be covered: ioaa.info/page2/page7/page7.html $\endgroup$ – seeker Nov 23 '14 at 17:58
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, that's a lot. I'm impressed you're planning on tackling that. You certainly won't be able to get all of this from one source, which you probably already knew. Let me try to find some books that address each topic individually. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 23 '14 at 22:29
  • $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 I'm aware that I'll need quite a few books, thanks you for your help! $\endgroup$ – seeker Nov 24 '14 at 12:40

I happen to have represented my nation at IOAA

Start with "Roy and Clarke's" book : "Astronomy: Principles and Practice"

Move on to the references mentioned in the book.


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