The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

by Emily Levesque
The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers

by Emily Levesque


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The story of the people who see beyond the stars—an astronomy book for adults still spellbound by the night sky

Embark on a captivating cosmic journey with The Last Stargazers. This enthralling book takes you on an awe-inspiring exploration of the night sky, offering a unique perspective on the vast celestial wonders that have fascinated humanity for millennia.

Written by astrophysicist Dr. Emily Levesque, The Last Stargazers combines scientific expertise with captivating storytelling, making it the perfect companion for both astronomy enthusiasts and curious minds. Dr. Levesque's passion for the stars shines through as she shares her personal experiences and encounters while working at some of the world's most renowned observatories.

Delve into the fascinating world of astronomy as you uncover the secrets of distant galaxies, supernovae, and elusive celestial phenomena. 


  • Inspiring narratives: Dr. Levesque's engaging storytelling transports readers to the front lines of astronomical research, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a modern-day stargazer.
  • Cutting-edge research: Stay up to date with the latest scientific breakthroughs and advancements in the field of astronomy, as Dr. Levesque shares her firsthand experiences and encounters.
  • Accessible explanations: Complex astronomical concepts are made understandable and relatable, allowing readers of all backgrounds to appreciate and comprehend the wonders of the cosmos.
  • Personal perspective: Gain insight into the personal journey of a dedicated scientist as she navigates the challenges and triumphs of studying the stars.

Whether you're a seasoned astronomer, a casual stargazer, or simply someone with a curiosity about the universe, The Last Stargazers is an indispensable guide that will ignite your passion for the cosmos and leave you in awe of the wonders that lie beyond. Take a leap into the vast unknown on a celestial odyssey like no other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781728234458
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/04/2022
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 386,600
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Emily Levesque is a professor at the University of Washington and lives in Seattle. She received her SB in physics from MIT and a PhD from the University of Hawaii. She has won the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon Award and Newton Lacy Pierce Prize, among other awards.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 First Light 1

Chapter 2 Prime Focus 27

Chapter 3 Has Anybody Seen the Condors? 53

Chapter 4 Hours Lost: Six. Reason: Volcano. 81

Chapter 5 The Harm from the Bullets Was Extraordinarily Small 97

Chapter 6 A Mountain of One's Own 117

Chapter 7 Hayrides and Hurricanes 143

Chapter 8 Flying with the Stratonauts 159

Chapter 9 Three Seconds in Argentina 189

Chapter 10 Test Mass 205

Chapter 11 Target of Opportunity 229

Chapter 12 The Supernova in Your Inbox 249

Chapter 13 Synoptic Future 265

Reading Group Guide 287

Interviews 289

Notes 293

Index 297

Acknowledgments 311

About the Author 315

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