Welcome to the website of Dr. Neil F. Comins

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Neil is an astrophysicist, astronomer, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine, author of at least 20 published books on astronomy and space (many more according to the Amazon web site), and public speaker. He has "appeared" on over a hundred radio shows aired around the world, as well as numerous television shows.

About his books:

Over half a million copies of his books have been sold world wide.

Comins's first book, "What if the Moon Didn't Exist: Voyages to Earth's That Might Have Been", has been made into radio, TV, and planetarium shows. It was also the theme of the Mitsubishi pavillion at the World Expo in Aishi, Japan in 2005 and is now a show at the "Huis Ten Bosch" resort near Nagasaki, Japan.

His work, "Heavenly Errors", explores common misconceptions about astronomy, their origins, and how he has helped thousands of students face and replace them.

"The Hazards of Space Travel: A Tourist's Guide" is written to give everyone, potential space traveler or not, an awareness of the dangers that people face in space. He hopes that it will help make people "informed consumers."

Professor Comins writes and revises three textbooks on astronomy, "Discovering the Universe," with William J. Kaufmann, III (deceased),"Discovering the Essential Universe," and "Discovering the Universe: From the Stars to the Planets." Best sellers, these books have been used by students at over five hundred universities, colleges, and high schools around the world.

Prof. Comins is available for speaking engagements. Rates available upon request (contact galaxy@​maine.edu).

Selected Works

On the boundary between fiction and nonfiction
Ten small variations to our local astronomical environment that lead to gigantic alterations to the earth and life upon it.
Ten more variations to our local astronomical environment that lead to gigantic alteractions to the earth and life upon it. Read reviews at link above.
Nonfiction, space science
Explores typical misconceptions about astronomy, their origins, how we keep them and fight off changes to our beliefs, and how to replace them.
Premier astronomy textbook written by Neil Comins, used at hundreds of universities around the world and in many high schools.
Concise version of "Discovering the Universe"