The Joy of Stargazing

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Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 368
DOI: 10.1126/science.1076835

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Seeing in the Dark How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril. Timothy Ferris. Simon and Schuster, New York, 2002. 399 pp. $26, C$39.50. ISBN 0-684-86579-3.

In this account for a lay audience, Ferris weaves together his personal experiences in stargazing, an overview of the fairly sophisticated level of current amateur astronomy, and descriptions of some targets to tempt readers into taking up their own studies of the night sky.

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