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The Wonder and Mystery of the Night Sky

10 am Friday on Focus: Jim Kaler talks about his new book, a beginner's guide to astronomy. Call in with your questions about stars, planets and meteors.

The famous Double Cluster in the constellation of Perseus.

The famous Double Cluster in the constellation of Perseus. European Southern Observatory via Wikimedia Commons

Long have we been fascinated by the wonder and mystery of the night sky. This hour on Focus, we talk with Jim Kaler about his new book “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky.” We also want to hear from you this hour! Questions about the sky? Maybe you have a favorite stargazing story… Join our conversation.

Hhost Jim Meadows talks with Jim Kaler about his new book “First Magnitude, a Book of the Bright Sky,” a beginner’s guide astronomy. We’ll talk with Kaler about what to watch for in the sky this spring and how to appreciate the stars in an area with lots of light pollution. We’ll also talk with Kaler about asteroids and the Russian meteor that exploded near the city of Chelyabinsk last month.

Of course during this hour, we welcome your questions about stars, planets, meteors and the night sky.

Kaler joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1964 and has held Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships. He has been recognized for his work by the University of Liège in Belgium, the University of Mexico, the University of Illinois, the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, the American Astronomical Society and the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society. He is former president for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s board of directors.