The Stargazing Year

The Stargazing Year

A Backyard Astronomer's Journey Through the Seasons of the Night Sky

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
In the winter of 2001, Charles Laird Calia lay down on the lawn in his front yard, looked up at the sky, and rediscovered a childhood passion. Part primer on the science and history of astronomy, part love poem to the night sky, The Stargazing Year is this amateur astronomer's memoir of a year spent gazing upward. In chapters spanning the twelve months of the night sky, the author invites readers to discover the mystery and beauty of stargazing.

Throughout the world, on any given night, thousands of people direct their telescopes to the heavens. Two centuries ago, an amateur observer was largely up against himself and his optics. Now, much of that has changed and, with the affordable equipment available today, amateur astronomers have made inroads in the study of variable stars, novas, and eclipsing binaries that have proven to be immensely valuable to scientists. Calia elegantly weaves the history of amateur astronomy and astronomers with his own personal story of how, one starlit evening when he was in his early forties, the galaxy opened its arms to him again. The Stargazing Year is a paean to the universe and its many mysteries.

Baker & Taylor
An amateur astronomer documents a year spent observing the night sky and building an observatory in his New England backyard, offering additional background information on the history of armchair astronomy and how it has assisted the scientific community. By the author of The Unspeakable. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, c2005
ISBN: 9781585423910
Characteristics: 273 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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