America's finest science writer describes a major revolution sweeping astronomy, as amateur astronomers, in global networks linked by the Internet, make discoveries that are changing knowledge of the universe. The appendix includes star charts, observing lists, and a guide on how to get involved with the stars.America's finest science writer describes a major revolution sweeping astronomy, as amateur astronomers, in global networks linked by the Internet, make discoveries that are changing knowledge of the universe. The appendix includes star charts, observing lists, and a guide on how to get involved with the stars.Read Less
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Tables & Drawings. New/New. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/2 " 0684865793 2002 Hardcover book in Dustjacket 1st Edition...BRAND NEW from 2002 publisher...Never opened, Never owned...small feltpen dot bottom edge, light scuff to dark glossy jacket, not as visible inside new clear sleeve protector...Jacket now protected in New removable non-stick clear mylar sleeve protector...Excellent Gift Giving quality...Handsome book, midnight blue boards, cloth with silver gilt title impressed on spine, in matching midnight blue glossy photographic jacket, with small B&W photo of author inside back flap. Book size 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 x 1-1/2" thick; 379 pages with appendix, glossary, notes & index...illustrated with tables & black & white drawings...Seeing in the Dark is a poetic love letter to the skies and stirring report on the revolution now sweeping amateur astroinomy, in which backyard stargazers linked globally by the internet are exploring deep space and making discoveries worthy of the professionals...Timothy Ferris invites us all to become stargazers, recounting his lifelong experiences as an enthralled stargazer, and capturing the exquisite experience when ancient starlight strikes the eye and the mind..." Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril "...by Timothy Ferris...published by Simon & Schuster, New York...2002 Hardcover in Dustjacket...*** Securely packed for Safe delivery worldwide, since 1965 ***
Publishers Weekly, 2002-05-20 Amateur astronomers are the heroes of this latest opus from one of the country's best-known and most prolific science writers. Ferris (Coming of Age in the Milky Way) has a special place in his heart for these nonprofessionals who gaze into space out of wonderment and end up making discoveries about comets, the moon and the planets that change our understanding of the galaxy. Ferris recounts how he, as a boy growing up in working-class Florida, was first captivated by the spectacle of the night sky. He then looks at the growing field of amateur astronomy, where new technologies have allowed neophytes to see as much of the cosmos as professionals. The book introduces readers to memorable characters like Barbara Wilson, a one-time Texas housewife who turned to astronomy after her children were grown and has since helped found the George Observatory in Houston (where a number of new asteroids have been discovered) and developed a reputation as one of the most skilled amateur observers. Ferris also takes stock of what we know today about the cosmos and writes excitedly about the discoveries yet to come. With a glossary of terms and a guide for examining the sky, this book should turn many novices on to astronomy and captivate those already fascinated by the heavens. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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