[Zoom Event] The Last Stargazers: Emily Levesque
Award winning astronomer Emily Levesque will discuss her book, The Last Stargazers, in which she shares the stories of modern-day stargazers, the people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to some of the most remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.
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About the book:
Humans from the earliest civilizations were spellbound by the night sky – craning their necks each night, they used the stars to orient themselves in the large, strange world around them. Stargazing is a pursuit that continues to fascinate us: from Copernicus to Carl Sagan, astronomers throughout history have spent their lives trying to answer the biggest questions in the universe. Now, award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque shares the stories of modern-day stargazers, the people willing to adventure across high mountaintops and to some of the most remote corners of the planet, all in the name of science.
In The Last Stargazers, Levesque takes readers inside the most powerful telescopes in the world and introduces them to the people who run them. She also explores the future of one of the most ancient and inspiring scientific disciplines as we gain the ability to see farther beyond our planet than ever before while relying increasingly on code and computers to study the stars.
From the lonely quiet of midnight stargazing to tall tales of wild bears loose in the observatory, The Last Stargazers is a love letter to astronomy and an affirmation of the crucial role humans can and must play in the future of scientific discovery. In this sweeping work of narrative science, Levesque shows us how astronomers in this scrappy and evolving field are going beyond the machines to infuse creativity and passion into the stars, and inspires us all to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe’s secrets.
About the author:
Emily Levesque is a professor at the University of Washington, and lives in Seattle. She received her undergrad at MIT and has won the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon Prize and Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College Dublin, among others.
The story of the people who see beyond the stars--an astronomy book for adults still spellbound by the night sky.