Book of the Week

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Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe
By John Keogh

“What would it be like to stand on Mars or experience sunset on a world with multiple suns? To visit a stellar nursery or orbit a black hole? What would you see? How would it feel? Plait takes readers on a tour of the cosmos, from the moon to the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, and paints vivid descriptions of what these objects are like, using the best observations and theories we currently have. It’s an effective framing device to explore what we know about the strange and wonderful things we’ve discovered, from exoplanets to nebulae. His realistic depictions, grounded in human senses, awaken a feeling of wanderlust and make the esoteric feel real.”–Keogh, John. “Under Alien Skies: A Sightseer’s Guide to the Universe.” Booklist, vol. 119, no. 14, Mar. 2023, p. 23. EBSCOhost.

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