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High School[]

Prerequisites: Intro Physics and Calculus

  • Carroll and Ostlie - An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics


Stellar Physics[]

  • Phillips - The Physics of Stars
  • Clayton - Principles of Stellar Evolution and Nucleosynthesis
  • Schwarzschild - Structure and Evolution of the Stars
  • Hansen, Kawaler, and Trimble - Stellar Interiors: Physical Principles, Structure, and Evolution
  • Jean-Louis & Monique Tassoul - A Concise History of Solar and Stellar Physics (Interesting read to gain insight into how the field developed into its modern form)

Compact Objects[]

  • Shapiro and Teukolsky - Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars: The Physics of Compact Objects
  • Glendenning - Compact Stars: Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and General Relativity

High Energy Astrophysics[]

  • Rosswog and Brüggen - Introduction to High Energy Astrophysics
  • Melia - High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Peterson - An Introduction to Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Frank, King, and Raine - Accretion Power in Astrophysics


  • Ryden - Introduction to Cosmology
  • Dodelson - Modern Cosmology
  • Weinberg - Cosmology
  • Peacock - Cosmological Physics
  • Kolb & Turner - The Early Universe


  • Sparke and Gallagher - Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction [Errata]
  • Mo, van den Bosch, and White - Galaxy Formation and Evolution [Errata]
  • Binney and Tremaine - Galactic Dynamics

Radiative Processes[]

  • Rybicki and Lightman - Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
  • Chandrasekhar - Radiative Transfer (Dover Books) 

Interstellar Matter[]

  • Draine - Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium
  • Osterbrock and Ferland - Astrophysics Of Gaseous Nebulae And Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Tielens - The Physics and Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium

Observational Astronomy[]

  • Chromey - To Measure the Sky: An Introduction to Observational Astronomy
  • Birney, Gonzalez, and Oesper - Observational Astronomy 

Radio Astronomy[]

  • Kraus - Radio Astronomy
  • Burke and Graham-Smith - An introduction to Radio Astronomy
  • Rohlfs - Tools of Radio Astronomy (reference)
  • Thompson, Moran and Swenson Jr. - Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy (advanced)

Celestial Mechanics and Planetary Dynamics[]

  • Moulton - An Introduction to Celestial Mechanics (Dover Books on Astronomy) (Dated from 1914 but still a good read)
  • Murray and Dermott - Solar System Dynamics [Errata] 

See also the MAE's Orbital Mechanics books

General Relativity[]

  • Hartle - Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity
  • Schutz - A First Course in General Relativity
  • d'Inverno - Introducing Einstein's Relativity
  • Carroll - Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity (Intermediate level)
  • Wald - General Relativity (Advanced) 
  • Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler (MTW) - Gravitation (Bible)