Sheila Crosby

A Breathtaking Window on the Universe:
A guide to the observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos SECOND EDITION”

(Paperback, Non-Fiction, 164 pages).

Welcome to the Roque de Los Muchachos, where 15 telescopes from 19 nations use the best night sky in Europe to explore the cosmos. Find out what it’s like to work in this strange world above the clouds. Learn about each telescope, how they’re run, and a little of what they’ve discovered.

This book is written for the general public rather than professional astronomers, with over 120 photos and diagrams, and a full glossary of all the technical terms for non-geeks.

Sheila Crosby knows the observatory well. She worked there as an engineer for nearly 12 years, and has been a tour guide there for three, showing hundreds of tourists, journalists and students around.

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The Seer’s Stone :
Twelve adventures for children under La Palma’s amazing starry sky.
(Paperback, children’s fiction, 148 pages)

Take a journey through La Palma’s turbulent past, into its present and out into the exciting future. Chedey will tell you how his world collapsed when the Spanish conquered the Island in 1493, Althay will explain what happened when the volcano erupted, Daida shares her visit from an extraterrestrial and Leyre will take you out into space.

As you travel you’ll learn what happens when:
Everyone expects you to tell the future but you don’t know how,
You don’t know when you have to save your friend, or how,
Most people think the world will end on Wednesday night,
There’s no more exploring left to do,
You find the lost island of San Borondón,
His Lordship decides you’d make good dragon-food,
Pirates want to sell you as a slave,
The volcano erupts,
Aliens kidnap you, or try to save the world, or get lost on their way to Las Palmas,
You get lots of weird birthday presents from people who don’t normally give you anything.

With cover painting and 14 B&W illustrations by Jorge Beda and Mercedes Martín.

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