“Stars Above, Earth Below”
Astronomer and physics professor Tyler Nordgren spent 12 months exploring and photographing the night skies within America’s national parks—a expedition he chronicled in his book “Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks” and will discuss at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Casa Loma Room at the University.
“Stars Above, Earth Below” is a literary and photographic journey through the national parks, tracing the night skies as they relate to the iconic geological formations of the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and several of America’s other natural treasures.
The book links astronomy, geology, history, folklore and the arts with the beauty of earthly and celestial frontiers, and explores the modern-day disappearance of night skies and natural open space in our world. Nordgren sees the parks as essential to protecting our natural wilderness and the celestial views above.
“Through the pristine views of a starry sky at night we learn about where our planet has come from, where it is going, and how cultures all over the Earth and throughout history have understood the universe in which we live,” Nordgren said.
This is the first book to make direct connections between astronomy and the natural landscapes and human culture shaped over time in the national parks.
During the summer, he visited several of the National Parks and surrounding locations, talking about his book and experience.
The 400-page book features 192 photographs and illustrations of night skies within the Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Grand Teton, Glacier, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Chaco Culture, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arches and Yosemite.