Bob Berman

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Bob Berman at IdeaFestival 2009

Robert Berman — known as Bob Berman — is an American astronomer, author, and science popularizer. He runs Overlook Observatory at his home in Woodstock, New York, USA. He was an adjunct professor of astronomy at the liberal arts college, Marymount Manhattan College, from 1996 to 2000 and has appeared on CBS This Morning, the Today Show, and the Late Show with David Letterman.


In 1976, Berman founded the Catskill Astronomical Society. From 1986 to 1994 he ran the summer astronomy program at Yellowstone National Park.He was the "Sky Lights" and "Night Watchman" astronomy columnist for Discover from 1989 to 2006. He is currently Astronomy Magazine's "Strange Universe" columnist and contributing editor.[1]

He also is the astronomy editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac.[2] He has led aurora and eclipse expeditions as far away as the Arctic and Antarctic.

Berman conducts a weekly radio broadcast, "Skywindow", and a monthly, hour-long call-in show on Northeast Public Radio.[3] He was keynote speaker at Starfest 2007.[4] He is also heard nightly on


  • Berman, Bob, Cosmic Adventure: A Renegade Astronomer's Guide to Our World and Beyond (1998, Morrow), ISBN 0-688-14495-0
  • Berman, Bob, Strange Universe (2003, Henry Holt, Times Books), ISBN 0-8050-7328-0
  • Berman, Bob, Secrets of the Night Sky: The Most Amazing Things in the Universe You Can See with the Naked Eye (1995, Morrow) (Paperback: 1995, HarperCollins), ISBN 0-06-097687-X
  • Berman, Bob, Shooting for the Moon (2007, Lyons Press), ISBN 978-1-59921-031-5
  • Lanza, Robert and Berman, Bob (2009), Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe, BenBella; ISBN 978-1-933771-69-4.
  • Berman, Bob (2011), The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories From the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet; Little Brown, ISBN 978-0-316-09101-5
  • Berman, Bob (2014), ZOOM: How Everything Moves, From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees, Little Brown, ISBN 978-0-316-21740-8


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