From a childhood reading A Wrinkle in Time to discovering a new species of star, astronomer Emily Levesque has spent her life exploring the universe…and now she wants to share that exploration with the world.
For readers of Labgirl and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Last Stargazers combines the exciting travels of award-winning astronomer Emily Levesque with the misunderstood antics of a scrappy (and shrinking) crew of scientists working with stars and telescopes. She dissects both the romance and the real human curiosity that is so important to our exploration of space.
Amidst the lonely quiet of stargazing to wild bears loose in the observatory, these love stories of astronomy show how scientists are going beyond the machines to infuse important creativity and intimate passion into the stars, inspiring future generations to peer skyward in pursuit of the universe’s secrets.
"[A]ny stargazer would enjoy this joyous adventure through modern astronomy." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
"An astronomy professor captures the human stories—from the quirky to the luminous—of her discipline...entertaining, ardent tales from an era of stargazing that may not last much longer." - Kirkus Reviews
“Through captivating stories, Levesque gives us both a vivid and accessible inside look at the enigmatic mountain-top astronomers. A unique and engaging read.”– Sara Seager, professor of astronomy at MIT
“Emily Levesque is smart and funny, and her insider’s tale of stars and the astronomers who study them bursts with color and energy.”– Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe
"Emily's book is a compulsive read. It demonstrates what being an observational astronomer is really like - the highs, the lows and the unscheduled things that can happen at telescopes around the world! Give this book to every young person (especially the girls!) that you know who likes math and science."– Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Astrophysicist, Oxford
"Astronomy is dangerous. Wild (sometimes venomous) animals, thin air, heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals... Dr. Levesque captures all this with amusement and personal experience, making this a delightful read for everyone.” – Phil Plait, astronomer and author of Bad Astronomy
“It’s like catching a glimpse of the magic behind the curtain galaxies away and leaves you hanging on every spectacular word. A must read for anyone who has looked up at the sky and felt a sense of wonder as well as those considering the world of astrophysics and astronomy.”– Tamara Robertson, host of Mythbusters: The Search, STEM speaker
“If you’ve ever wondered what astronomers do – what they really do – and the human journey from the era of eyepieces to gigantic robotic cameras, The Last Stargazers puts you there with compelling honesty, following the scientists and students with hundred-ton telescopes as backdrop.” – Erik Asphaug, author of When the Earth Had Two Moons
“The perfect primer for a future astronomer or an amateur astronomy buff, it captures the highlights, lowlights, and day-to-day life of the professional stargazer.”– Zach Weinersmith, New York Times best-selling author/illustrator of Soonish and Open Borders