A Breathtaking Window on the Universe

A Breathtaking Window cover

I think this is a really good guide book to the observatory on La Palma, but you probably shouldn’t take too much notice of my opinion because I wrote it. On the other hand, the director of the biggest telescope in the world, Pedro Alvarez, likes it too. So do the directors of the William Herschel Telescope and telescopio Nazionale Galileo (the Italian).

“A Breathtaking Window on the Universe: A guide to the observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos SECOND EDITION”
By Sheila M. Crosby
(Non-Fiction Paperback)
164 pages (16 more than the first edition)

Welcome to the Roque de Los Muchachos, where 17 telescopes from 19 nations use the best night sky in Europe to explore the cosmos. Find out what it’s like to work in this strange world above the clouds. Learn about each telescope, how they’re run, and a little of what they’ve discovered.

This book is written for the general public rather than professional astronomers, with over 120 photos and diagrams, and a full glossary of all the technical terms for non-geeks.

To see more details or to buy the book online, go to Dragon Tree Publishing. To see the list of places on La Palma which stock it, go here.

This article has 3 Comments

  1. I am going to La Palma (and as a physicist, I will visit the observatory 10000%), can there be one copy of this be waiting for me with Sheilas and Pedros signature in it? Being a collector is rough 😀

  2. I can certainly organise a copy with mysignature, and I’ll ask Pedro. Do you want the English version? And when are you coming?

  3. That would be great! English version is my choice as I don’t speak Spanish. I will be at La Palma from 10th of August to 15th of August, my plan to visit the observatory is on 11th of August if everything goes right. Thank you

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