What is a good book that would cover the basics of astronomy?

I am taking a class on astronomy next year. It is the first experience I will have in this science but I’m confident the class will be pretty advanced. I want to go into it knowing a bit about the subject. If you know a book that would cover the basics, or at the least provide good insight into what I may learn, please let me know!

It’s hard to recommend a book without knowing what your math background is. Introductory astronomy classes are usually accessible to high school students, even at the college level – they rarely require more than algebra and a little trig, and there are literally hundreds of introductory textbooks out there.


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