Examine the telescope that discovered Pluto and watch the world’s largest telescope mirrors being made. Explore a crater where astronauts trained for landing on the moon and tour the only built-from-scratch commercial spaceport in the world. Marvel at ancient ruins perfectly aligned to the summer solstice and stay up all night to study the stars at a major observatory.
Each chapter in A Traveler’s Guide to Astronomy and Space in the Southwest helps you and your family connect to the cosmos in a different way. You can tour telescopes, historical sites, universities, and science museums with planetariums. You can also wonder at the astronomical knowledge of ancient Americans and form your own opinion about alien visitations. The guidebook includes a resource guide to stargazing opportunities, sample itineraries, and inns and shops.
Let this guide open your eyes to one of America’s greatest natural wonders: the Southwest’s starry skies.
About the Authors
Chelsea Wald studied astronomy as an undergraduate at Columbia University, journalism as a master's student at Indiana University, and spent a year in Chile studying ancient astronomy as a Fulbright fellow. While an astronomy student at the Biosphere 2, she spent a night observing on Kitt Peak. It used to be a rare few who could say that, but now anyone can have the same privilege – just look in Chapter 1 of this book. She is now a professional science journalist, writer, and editor.
Cyril Emery is a professional librarian who loves to find hidden information. He studied history at Columbia, and also took quite a few environmental science courses, including those offered at the Biosphere 2. He is a big fan of big science, thrilled by giant telescopes on mountaintops.