Bob Berman is one of the best-known and most widely-read astronomers in the world. He is perhaps uniquely able to translate complex scientific concepts into language that is both comprehensive and meaningful to astronomy's casual observers, and advanced students alike . His dry, edgy wit engages readers of such diverse publications as Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and The Old Farmers Almanac. A masterful storyteller, he is the author of several dynamic books. His newest and most epic work, “Zoom", was recommended by the NY Times as: "science geekery in vivid prose stuffed with unexpected insights and arresting observations" (Nov 2014).
Chase a total Solar Eclipse amidst volcanoes and lakes in southern Chile.
About Eclipse Lecturer, Bob Berman:
Astronomer Bob Berman founded the Catskill Astronomical Society in 1976, and is director of Overlook Observatory, near Woodstock, New York, and the Storm King Observatory at Cornwall, New York.
Since the mid-1990s, Berman's celebrated “Strange Universe” feature has appeared monthly in Astronomy magazine, the largest circulation periodical on the subject, and he continues to publish extensively across various media on the stuff of the skies- whether as longtime astronomy editor for Old Farmers Almanac, or as Discover magazine’s monthly contributing columnist from 1989-2006. In total he has authored over one thousand published articles, for periodicals ranging from Hudson Valley Magazine to the New York Times, and been a guest on such TV shows as Late Night with David Letterman.
Published works include: “Secrets of the Night Sky” (Morrow, 1995; paperback HarperCollins 1997), a selected favorite of the Astronomy Book Club, “Cosmic Adventure” (Morrow 1999, and Harper, 2000), “Strange Universe,” published by Henry Holt / Times Books, and since translated into four languages, "Shooting for the Moon" (Lyons Press, 2007), and "Biocentrism" (co-authored with Robert Lanza, MD, Ben Bella, 2009). Newest titles of note are "The Sun’s Heartbeat", (Little, Brown 2011), "The 50 Strangest Objects in the Universe" (Kalmbach, 2011), and recently "Zoom" (Little, Brown 2014).
Equal parts engaging lecturer and storyteller, Bob is known for his unique blend of humor, informality, and encyclopedic sky-knowledge. He has delivered presentations and programs for innumerable organizations, clubs, colleges, and state and federal agencies including NIST, that has taken him from the arctic to the Antarctic, and around the globe. Listeners across several states may also tune in "Skywindow" program on Northeast Public Radio stations, during NPR’s Weekend Edition each Sunday morning.
Ever the adventurer, Berman has also spearheaded the summer astronomy program at Yellowstone Park for the National Park Service and Yellowstone Institute for 13 years running.
Presently, fellow travelers may book a chance to hear a great lecture through the associated Special Interest Tours, offering custom tour experiences to other astronomy enthusiasts.