Sobel will speak about her books and the International Year of Astronomy 2009, a year-long celebration marking 400 years since Galileo first pointed his telescope toward the stars.
The event is part of the NJMC’s 40th Anniversary celebration.
A link to her Web site is here.
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Sobel is best-known for her book “Galileo’s Daughter,” which explores the relationship between the astronomer and his oldest child.
Published in 1999, “Galileo’s Daughter” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times non-fiction Bestseller List, won the 1999 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for science and technology, a 2000 Christopher Award, and was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in biography.
Sobel’s other works include “The Planets” and the New York Times Besteller “Longitude,” about an 18th century clockmaker who solved a great scientific mystery by inventing a device to measure longitude. The book was adapted into a television drama.
Tickets for the Dava Sobel program are $5, $4 for MEC members.
Preregistration is required at www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec. For more information, call 201-460-8300.
For listings of additional 40th Anniversary events, and information on how to participate in the NJMC’s Oral History Project, visit the 40th Anniversary section of our Web site at www.njmeadowlands.gov/anniversary/intro.html.
Area residents can study and see the stars up-close in their own backyard at the NJMC’s William D. McDowell Observatory. The observatory, which opened in 2008, features a state-of-the-art telescope with a 20-inch lens. The McDowell Observatory is open to the public on Monday and Wednesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Monthly astronomy classes are offered on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. For more information, call 201-460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec