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Alan

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  • Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Anyone can get started in astronomy, just by going outside on a dark night with a star chart and learning their way around. Timothy Ferris tells us what's been seen out there - the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, the Virgo supercluster, and how to find them.

    Gary says: "About astronomy as well as astronomers"
    "The perfect audiobook for thoughtful listening"
    Overall

    The author is well-known among amateur astronomy fans for his balanced and carefully researched books and articles. In this audiobook, he tells his autobiography and gives personal vignettes involving the people he has known who are amateur and professional astronomers. This first-person treatment keeps the book from becoming dry or overly technical. Understanding the context in which telescopes were built or discoveries made provides an important link between the people and the scientific discoveries they made. His calm voice is ideal for thoughtful listening. I would highly recommend it for someone who can read the popular astronomy magazines but it would be too technical for a person who doesn't have at least a good background in recent scientific discoveries.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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