Astronomy professor Emily Levesque and narrator Janet Metzger take listeners behind the scenes with professional stargazers. Levesque interviewed numerous colleagues, whose many anecdotes are included in this production. Metzger is subtle in her conveyance of the seriousness and humor found in these stories, which highlight idiosyncrasies among individuals in the field. Astronomers, for instance, may practice various superstitions, such as wearing a pair of lucky socks. Steady throughout, Metzger shifts tone to reflect upon common setbacks and occurrences experienced at observing locations. Nature's interference with valued telescope time remains a constant in a field full of technological innovations. Despite shifts in priorities and funding, Levesque leaves listeners optimistic that this science will retain its allure for future generations. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2020]
Trade Ed. HighBridge Audio 2020
DD ISBN 9781696602143 $24.99
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