University of Washington Astronomy Professor Emily Levesque studies massive stellar astrophysics and the use of massive stars as cosmological tools. Tonight she celebrates the publication of her first book for general audiences. The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers (Sourcebooks) 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. A past winner of the 2014 Annie Jump Cannon award, earlier this year, she was awarded a 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce prize for young astronomers for outstanding achievement in observational astronomical research from the American Astronomical Society.
"Warm, engaging and packed with highly accessible science, The Last Stargazers is thoroughly entertaining and an impetus for readers to take up a little stargazing of their own." - Shelf Awareness.
"The Last Stargazers is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what it's like to actually be an astronomer, or who has dreamt of staring up at the stars. Amidst the stories of mishaps and mistakes is a surprisingly romantic view of the glory of exploration, taken one dark night at a time." - Dr. Chris Lintott, BBC The Sky at Night.
Pre-signed copies of The Last Stargazers will be available for purchase from the Elliott Bay Book Company.