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William P. Sheehan

Deborah Sheehan

Kathy Alexander & Paul Lindsey

William Sheehan is a retired psychiatrist, who moved to Flagstaff from Minnesota in 2016. He is also an amateur astronomer, astronomical historian and writer, whose many books are mainly concerned with the bodies of the Solar System, including the Moon. He has written "Epic Moon" co-authored by Thomas A. Dobbins, an authoritative history of lunar mapping. Sir Arthur C. Clarke called it “an extraordinary work of scholarship, which I am sure covers the ground so thoroughly that no one need ever go there again!” He has also written "Space Training in Northern Arizona" co-authored by Kevin Schindler, about the pivotal roles Flagstaff played in the Apollo moon program. His most recent books are “Discovering Pluto” co-authored by Dale Cruikshank, published by University of Arizona Press, and "Jupiter, Mercury, and Saturn" for the Kosmos series (England).

Among current projects is a book on Mars with Jim Bell (ASU). Sheehan is a member of the IAU’s Working Group on Solar System nomenclature, a past Guggenheim fellow, and a recipient of the Gold Medal of the Oriental Astronomical Association. Asteroid 16037, discovered at Lowell Observatory, has been named Sheehan in his honor.

His new book is "Discovering Pluto: Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System."

Scheduled events:
William Sheehan
Discovering Pluto: Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System

University of Arizona Press*, Booth #239 (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 12:00 am - 12:30 pm

Author: William Sheehan
We Still "Heart" Pluto
Despite its demotion, Pluto -- at the outer edge of our solar system -- remains an object of great interest. William Sheehan and Alan Stern, two experts with strong ties to Arizona, will discuss this most intriguing "planetary body."

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: William Sheehan, Alan Stern
Moderator: Kat Volk

Discovering Pluto: Exploration at the Edge of the Solar System
Science / Medicine / Technology
University of Arizona Press
February 2018
ISBN 9780816539383
500 pages
$32.00, INSTOCK
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Discovering Pluto is an authoritative account of the exploration of Pluto and its moons, from the first inklings of tentative knowledge through the exciting discoveries made during the flyby of the NASA New Horizons research spacecraft in July 2015. More/less

Epic Moon: A History of Lunar Exploration in the Age of the Telescope
Science / Medicine / Technology
June 2001
ISBN 9780943396705
363 pages

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