Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris
How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

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In Seeing in the Dark, a poetic love letter to science and to the skies, Timothy Ferris invites us all to become stargazers. He recounts his own experiences as an enthralled lifelong amateur astronomer and reports from around the globe -- from England and Italy to the Florida Keys and the Chilean Andes -- on the revolution that's putting millions in touch with the night sky. In addition, Ferris offers an authoritative and engaging report on what's out there to be seen -- what Saturn, the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, and the Virgo supercluster really are and how to find them. The appendix includes star charts, observing lists, and a guide on how to get involved in astronomy.

Ferris takes us inside a major revolution sweeping astronomy, as lone amateur astronomers, in global networks linked by the Internet, make important discoveries that are the envy of the professionals. His ability to describe the wonders of the universe is simply magical, and his enthusiasm for his subject is irresistible.

About Timothy Ferris

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Timothy Ferris, called "the best popular science writer in the English language today" (The Christian Science Monitor) and "the best science writer of his generation" (The Washington Post), is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way. He has won the American Institute of Physics prize (twice), the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in San Francisco and stargazes from his personal astronomical observatory on Sonoma Mountain in California's wine country. Visit his Web site at
Published December 18, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In perhaps the ultimate adventure in “remote seeing” today, Ferris walks the reader through the process of e-mailing a request for a slice of observation time and getting back the crisp digital image of the desired coordinates delivered via Internet direct from the charge-coupled device (CCD) att...

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Timothy Ferris, the author, academic and filmmaker, has been called the greatest science writer of his generation, praise he has won for explaining the phenomena of the cosmos with unusual clarity and style.

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Review: A stargazer (and a bit of a philosopher), Ferris explains complex science in simple language and introduces readers to amateur astronomers who have altered our comprehension of the universe.

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And we can forgive his lack of journalistic detachment: Whether describing a rising moon (changing ''like a diva into costumes of ermine and silver'') or the pale glow of the Andromeda galaxy (seen as ''the campfires of a Roman legion viewed from a distant mountain''), Ferris reminds us that...

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During that time the familiar streets were transformed into a fascinating and inspiring tour of the universe, courtesy of Timothy Ferris in his book Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Astronomers are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe.

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