Star Struck by David Hart Bradstreet and Steve Rabey
eBook review copy; 320 pages
Star Struck: Seeing the Creator in the Wonders of Our Cosmos by David Hart Bradstreet
is a highly recommended look at astronomy through the eyes of a Christian.
David H. Bradstreet is an award-winning professor, author and
astronomy "rock star" who has been teaching students of all ages about
the heavens since 1976 at Eastern University, where he serves as
Professor and Chair of the Astronomy and Physics Department and Director
of the David H. Bradstreet Observatory and Julia Fowler Planetarium.
Dave earned a M.S. and Ph. D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the
University of Pennsylvania and has worked with NASA, the National
Science Foundation and the International Astronomical Union. He
co-authored the Binary Maker 3.0 software program that helps
astronomical researchers worldwide calculate the characteristics of
binary stars. In 2014 the International Astronomical Union named the
asteroid 5826 Bradstreet in honor of Dave’s work in binary stars and for
his innovative digital planetarium curriculum.
As someone who has always been fascinated by astronomy, when I heard
that in 2010 NASA's Kepler telescope reveal that every star emits its
own song, I thought of
"Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise
him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them
praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created."
I share with Dr. Bradstreet awe and appreciation of all
the new discoveries and information we are gathering every day about
the cosmos. Star Struck is a fascinating introduction
and would be especially insightful to budding young teen astronomers who
question how their Christian beliefs can coincide with an interest in
astronomy. Bradstreet addresses in simple, understandable language, what
has been a dichotomy for some with
enthusiasm and facts. He calls it the "wonder gap," where people who
believe in God sing the wonders of the cosmos while believers are mute.
It is perfectly understandable to love God and the incredible vastness
of space as well as all the new discoveries being made daily.
Star Struck covers early astrologers, and astronomers like Kepler
and Galileo, along with science lessons. He offers a basic introduction
to planets, stars, asteroids, nebula, comets, dark matter, galaxies,
new discoveries, and more. There are photographs, a section of color
photographs, illustrations, notes and sources. (It was pretty exciting
to learn that Dr. Bradstreet is an expert on binary suns, and that they
are more common than our single sun. Yup, that means that Star Wars got Tatooine right.)
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are
mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4
My advanced reading copy was courtesy
of the publisher for review