From the reviews:
“A photo essay on a years-long journey to see the natural wonders of dark skies over America’s most beautiful landscapes … and visions of future exploration of the planets -- Stars Above, Earth Below is all of these. … Nordgren’s text is accompanied by a truly exorbitant number of photos and diagrams … . The book will delight space fans, but I think that it will do a greater public service by exposing those people who already love … places seen throughout the Space Age.” (Emily Lakdawalla, The Planetary Society Blog, December, 2010)
“There are numerous field books on astronomy on the market, but this new book stands out. Astronomer Nordgren … spent 14 months traveling across the US, visiting 12 national parks and contributing to their nighttime public outreach programs. The result is this beautiful diary of the author’s experiences and account of the unique aspects of the night sky at each site. … Most chapters are illustrated with beautiful color photos, many of them taken by Nordgren. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.” (T. D. Oswalt, Choice, Vol. 48 (3), November, 2010)
“Appeal to readers with a wider interest in wild landscapes. … the book is an excellent example of the growing global trend of developing partnerships between astronomers and environmental managers. … includes a good number of eye-catching images and illustrations to draw the reader into its themes. As a general introduction to astronomy the style is individual and idiosyncratic. The approach weaves together, for example, personal anecdotes, philosophical observations, and practical seasonal star-charts.” (Dan Hillier, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1222), June, 2011)
From the Back Cover
In Stars Above, Earth Below
, Tyler Nordgren examines a range of astronomical topics and makes the connection between them and the landscapes, processes, and cultures which can be seen and experienced within specific U.S. National Parks. For each park and topic the story unfolds in three steps: what does the reader see for him - or herself? What is the scientific cause or explanation of what is seen? And finally, what is the big picture about ourselves, our world, and our Universe? The author takes us the length and breadth of the U.S., from the coast of Maine to the Yellowstone volcano, from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the heights of the Rocky Mountains, exploring the natural links between the features of the parks and those of our Universe.