Northern Star
Northern Star
Northern Star is the first full scale biography of major Canadian astronomer John Stanley Plaskett, the first director of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC circa 1917. The book explores Plaskett’s unorthodox and fascinating life from his rural roots near Woodstock to one of his grandest achievements in convincing the Canadian government during the height of the First World War to construct what was then the world’s largest operational telescope. Broughton’s accessible and engaging prose combined with rich illustrations illuminates Plaskett’s achievements and motivations, and the social, political, economic, and religious milieu surrounding them.

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