Good read for basic background info

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Hey everyone, I'm a first year university student majoring in physics and astronomy. I'm looking for a good book that would cover as much as possible in all the main areas of astrophysics. Just want to get a good background before I pursue deeper and deeper into all the crazy stuff out there. Not something to extreme but not too dumbed down either if possible. Thanx ahead, any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
For sheer breadth, Carroll and Ostlie's An Introduction to Modern Astrophysics is often recommended.
 
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Or Shu's 'The Physical Universe'. Some bits are a bit out of date these days, but it's still excellent for all the basic stuff.

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Joseph Silk's new edtion of The Big Bang, is pretty good and covers the core concepts in cosomology,
astrophysics and astronomy without being technical or dumbing down.
 

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