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January 26 - 30, 2015


Astronomer Bob Berman


"The sun rules your life and mine......  But it was the dark, starry heavens with their magical cobalt galaxies that pulled at my spirit, and the Sun was the night's greatest enemy. Even so, it kept tugging at my sleeve: stars are impossibly distant dots, but this one is right here, offering its secrets, as deep as they can be, in exquisite detail."  Bob Berman, The Sun's Heartbeat, page 4


When asked, "Why astronomy as a career?" astronomer and author Bob Berman answered with the characteristic injection of thought-provoking worldliness and humor that are ever present in his writing and teaching. "There's no such thing as free will. Astronomy was my destiny. My first memory of life is looking into the night sky from my carriage or stroller. I memorized every star in the sky and their spectral classes by the time I was 12 or 13 years old, and have subscribed to the Observer's Handbook of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada since then. As a teenager I read every book in the 500's in the library." Berman spent his boyhood in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island. Are there children in our neighborhood on this path?


I followed up with the question, "What's most important to you concerning the human connection to the cosmos?" The gist of his reply was that each individual experiences the "utterly mysterious" universe through the impact of personally viewing "the sky, the sheer beauty of galaxies, globular clusters, Saturn". He continued, "True celestial appreciation is best accessed through direct observation, far exceeding the study of photographs or at monitors."


Berman's two most current books are Zoom: How Everything Moves from Atoms to Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees and The Sun's Heartbeat, both published by Little, Brown and Company. His column, "Strange Universe" is prominent in every issue of Astronomy Magazine. For more information go to http://skymanbob.com


Judy Isacoff