'The awesome endeavours and intellectual adventures in the physical practice and gains in understanding that are the heart and passion of astronomers is gloriously portrayed from the mind of a wonderful practitioner, Emily Levesque.
Her range of experiences and insights through the recent period of rapid developments and future planning in this progressive human effort gloriously reach out to everyone.'
– Professor Alec Boksenberg, former director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
'The Last Stargazers is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to actually be an astronomer, or who has dreamt of staring up at the stars. Amidst the stories of mishaps and mistakes is a surprisingly romantic view of the glory of exploration, taken one dark night at a time.'
– Dr Chris Lintott, BBC Sky At Night
'If you’ve ever wondered what astronomers do—what they really do—and the human journey from the era of eyepieces to gigantic robotic cameras, The Last Stargazers puts you there with compelling honesty, following the scientists and students with hundred-ton telescopes as backdrop.'
– Erik Asphaug, author of When the Earth Had Two Moons
'Through captivating stories, Levesque gives us both a vivid and accessible inside look at the enigmatic mountain-top astronomers. A unique and engaging read.'
– Dr. Sara Seager, professor of astronomy at MIT
'Emily Levesque is smart and funny, and her insider’s tale of stars and the astronomers who study them bursts with color and energy.'
– Edward Dolnick, author of The Clockwork Universe
'Emily’s book is a compulsive read. It demonstrates what being an observational astronomer is really like—the highs, the lows, and the unscheduled things that can happen at telescopes around the world! Give this book to every young person (especially the girls!) that you know who likes math and science.'
– Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist at Oxford University
'Astronomy is dangerous. Wild (sometimes venomous) animals, thin air, heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals . . . Dr. Levesque captures all this with amusement and personal experience, making this a delightful read for everyone.'
– Phil Plait, astronomer and author of Bad Astronomy
'Emily Levesque depicts the adventurous life of professional hands-on astronomers, from the top of the Andes, Chile through the Arizona cliffs to Big Island, Hawaii, telling stories of the cosmic silence of an observing night. … I have hugely enjoyed this book. It is engaging, humorous, full of quotes and stories of well-reputed colleagues. To be read, before all astronomical observations become fully automatized!'
– Professor Claudia Maraston, Eddington Medal for Astronomy 2018, University of Portsmouth
'This will particularly appeal to young women interested in science, but any stargazer would enjoy this joyous adventure through modern astronomy.'
– Publishers Weekly
'It’s like catching a glimpse of the magic behind the curtain galaxies away, and leaves you hanging on every spectacular word. A must read for anyone who has looked up at the sky and felt a sense of wonder, as well as those considering the world of astrophysics and astronomy.'
– Tamara Robertson, host of Mythbusters: The Search, STEM speaker
'The perfect primer for a future astronomer or an amateur astronomy buff, it captures the highlights, lowlights, and day-to-day life of the professional stargazer.'
– Zach Weinersmith, author of Soonish and Open Borders
'Childhood stargazers who've since become inquisitive adults, and any fans of Sagan's Cosmos, will devour this book.'
'Entertaining, ardent tales from an era of stargazing that may not last much longer.'
– Kirkus Reviews
'Levesque does a wonderful job explaining the science behind astronomy as she conveys the awe and beauty of the universe, the dedication of the people who study it, and the excitement of discovery in this fascinating account that will appeal to fans of narrative nonfiction and fellow stargazers.'
– Library Journal