Get this audio book:

Learn More About
Find More Titles by
This Author: Alan Hirshfeld
This Narrator: Joe Barrett
This Publisher: Audible.com

Starlight Detectives by Alan Hirshfeld

Starlight Detectives

How Astronomers, Inventors, and Eccentrics Discovered the Modern Universe

by Alan Hirshfeld

Video About This Audio Book

Title Details

Unabridged Edition
Running Time
13 Hrs. 4 Min.


In 1929, Edwin Hubble announced the greatest discovery in the history of astronomy since Galileo first turned a telescope to the heavens. The galaxies, previously believed to float serenely in the void, are in fact hurtling apart at an incredible speed: the universe is expanding. This stunning discovery was the culmination of a decades-long arc of scientific and technical advancement. In its shadow lies an untold, yet equally fascinating, backstory whose cast of characters illuminates the gritty, hard-won nature of scientific progress.

The path to a broader mode of cosmic observation was blazed by a cadre of 19th-century amateur astronomers and inventors, galvanized by the advent of photography, spectral analysis, and innovative technology to create the entirely new field of astrophysics. From William Bond, who turned his home into a functional observatory, to John and Henry Draper, a father and son team who were trailblazers of astrophotography and spectroscopy, to geniuses of invention such as Lon Foucault and George Hale, who founded the Mount Wilson Observatory, Hirshfeld reveals the incredible stories and the ambitious dreamers behind the birth of modern astronomy.

People Who Liked Starlight Detectives Also Liked These Titles:
  Birds of Pandemonium
by Michele Raffin

  Significant Figures
by Ian Stewart

  Confessions of a Knife
by Richard Selzer

More Details

  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: S093399
Available On