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 a professor at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle. She received her SB in physics from MIT and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. She has won the American Astronomical Society's Annie Jump Cannon Award and Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, among other awards.

"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