The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers


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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Levesque is an astronomy professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Emily's research studies how the most massive stars in the universe evolve and die. She has observed for upward of fifty nights on many of the planet's largest telescopes and flown over the Antarctic stratosphere in an experimental aircraft for her research. Her academic accolades include the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon Prize, a 2017 Alfred P. Sloan fellowship, a 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award, and the 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and a PhD in astronomy from the University of Hawaii. When she occasionally stumbles across some spare time, she attempts to spend it traveling, playing violin, skiing, messing with new recipes, or finishing triathlons very slowly. These plans are often waylaid by an old couch and a new book.


"If you've ever wondered what astronomers do--what they really do--and the human journey from the era of eyepieces to gigantic robotic cameras, The Last Stargazers puts you there with compelling honesty, following the scientists and students with hundred-ton telescopes as backdrop." - Erik Asphaug, author of When the Earth Had Two Moons
"[A]ny stargazer would enjoy this joyous adventure through modern astronomy." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"Astronomy is dangerous. Wild (sometimes venomous) animals, thin air, heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals... Dr. Levesque captures all this with amusement and personal experience, making this a delightful read for everyone." - Phil Plait, astronomer and author of Bad Astronomy
"Emily's book is a compulsive read. It demonstrates what being an observational astronomer is really like - the highs, the lows and the unscheduled things that can happen at telescopes around the world! Give this book to every young person (especially the girls!) that you know who likes math and science." - Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist, Oxford
"Emily Levesque is smart and funny, and her insider's tale of stars and the astronomers who study them bursts with color and energy." - Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe
"Through captivating stories, Levesque gives us both a vivid and accessible inside look at the enigmatic mountain-top astronomers. A unique and engaging read." - Sara Seager, professor of astronomy at MIT
"An astronomy professor captures the human stories-from the quirky to the luminous-of her discipline...entertaining, ardent tales from an era of stargazing that may not last much longer." - Kirkus Reviews