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Seeing in the Dark: 08/29/07

Seeing in the dark

Seeing in the Dark is a short but dense series of essays on different aspects of amateur astronomy. Each chapter is a different topic or a different experience from Timothy Ferris's life.

Ferris begins his fascinating book by describing how he got hooked on astronomy as a child. He includes a loving review of an older science book: A Child's Geography of the World by V. M. Hillyer. I was so excited by his review of his childhood favorite, that I bought a copy for myself!

Seeing in the Dark took me longer than I expected to read. It's full of so many interesting details and facts that I had to savor each chapter. One of my favorite bits was his meeting with Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997), the man who discovered Pluto. Apparently the Smithsonian asked him for the telescope he used to make the discovery. Tombaugh turned down their request. Why? He was still using it!

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Comment #1: Friday, August, 31, 2007 at 12:01:49

Gail Rubin

There's a PBS program coming up based on Seeing in the Dark that's airing Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. (but check local listings). You can find out more about it at "

Comment #2: Saturday, September, 1, 2007 at 02:12:14


this looks like a very interesting book! i'm going to have to check it out! "

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