Astronomy’s Vanishing Explorers
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 874 , Segment 2
- Feb 16, 2021 7:00 pm
- 30:38 mins
Astronomers wax romantic talking about the joys of traveling to remote places to observe the heavens. With today's technology, those kinds of trips are less and less necessary. What is gained and what is lost? We hear stories of death threats when an old-fashioned telescope malfunctioned and high-stakes technical difficulties caused by swarms of lady bugs and, more dangerously, erupting volcanoes. Guest: Emily Levesque, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington and author of "The Last Stargazers: The Enduring Story of Astronomy's Vanishing Explorers"