In Core List of Books and Journals in Science and Technology (1987), the editors, Russell H. Powell and James R. Powell, Jr. state that "the purpose of this book is to bring together prime choices of English-language books and journals in the areas of contemporary science and technology... We preferred recent books, with imprint dates in the 1980s... We included those that dealt with a particular topic that contributed substantially to the continuity of knowledge in science and technology. Wherever possible we included books that have withstood the test of time and had been published in previous editions." The following list contains the editors' book selections in astronomy.


George Ogden Abell Exploration of the Universe. 4th ed. 1982
Jean Audoze & Guy Israel, eds. Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy. 1985
B.J. Bok & P.F. Box The Milky Way. 1981
R.J. Bray, R.E. Loughhead & C.J. Durrant The Solar Granulation. 2nd ed. 1984
Reinhard Breuer Contact With the Stars: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life. 1982
Joseph A. Burns, ed. Planetary Satellites. 1977
Michael H. Carr The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets. 1984
William R. Corliss The Moon and the Planets: A Catalog of Astronomical Anomalies. 1985
James Cornell & Paul Gorenstein, eds. Astronomy from Space: Sputnik to Space Telescope. 1983
Paul C.W. Davies Superforce: The Search for a Grand Unified Theory of Nature. 1984
Robert T. Dodd Meteorites: A Chemical-Patrologic Synthesis. Students Edition. 1981
W.W. Duley & D.A. Williams Interstellar Chemistry
Tom Gehrels, ed. Asteroids. 1979
Tom Gehrels, ed. Jupiter: Dtudies of the Interior, Atmosphere, Magnetosphere, and Satellites. 1976
Tom Gehrels, ed. Protostars and Planets: Studies of Star Formation and the Origin of the Solar System. 1978
Tom Gehrels & Mildred Shapley Matthews Saturn. 1984
Ronald Greeley & James D. Iversen Wind As a Geological Process on Earth, Mars, Venus and Titan. 1985
Richard Greenberg & Andre Brahic Planetary Rings. 1984
William K. Hartmann Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey. 3rd ed. 1985
William K. Hartmann Moons and Planets. 2nd ed. 1983
Arne Herndon & Ronald H.Kaitchuck Astronomical Photometry. 1982
William Graves Hoyt Planet X and Pluto. 1980
William B. Hubbard  Planetary Interiors. 1984
Robert Jastrow & Malcolm H. Thomas Astronomy: Fundamentals and Frontiers. 4th ed. 1984
Barrie William Jones The Solar System. 1984
S.A. Kaplan The Physics of Stars. 1982
Johannes Kepler Mysterium Cosmographicum: The Secret of the Universe. English Translation. 1981
Joel S. Levine, ed. The Photochemistry of Atmospheres, Earth, and Other Planets and Comets. 1985
Mark Littman & Donald K. Yeomans Comet halley: Once in a Lifetime. 1985
A.E. Ringwood Origin of the Earth and Moon. 1979
Carl Sagan & Ann Dugan Comet. 1985
Emilie Savage-Smith Islamicate, Celestial Globes, Their History, Construction and Use. 1985
Stuart L. Shapiro & Saul A. Teukolsky Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars. 1983
Theodore P. Snow The Dynamic Universe: An Introduction to Astonomy. 1983
Stuart R. Taylor Planetary Science: A Lunar Perspective. 1982
Wallace H. Tucker The Star Splitters: The High Energy Astonomy Observatories. 1984
Laurel L. Wilkening, ed. Comets. 1982
Michael Zeilik & John E. Gaustad Astronomy: The Cosmic Perspective. 1983