Dan Bortolotti is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in many magazines, including Equinox, Canadian Geographic and OWL. He is the author of Exploring Saturn. Yuichi Takasaka is a photographer and videographer who emigrated from Japan more than 20 years ago and became captivated by the spectacular night sky of the Far North. Today, his all-season images of the aurora borealis are world-renowned.
Bortolotti's well-written text explains the remarkable light spectacle and features over 100 colour-drenched images by noted aurora photographer Yuichi Takasaka.--Jodi DeLong"Halifax Chronicle Herald" (12/18/2011) The shimmering, swirling, ghostly glowing northern lights are pictured here in multi-faceted glory; ideal if you want to see the Aurora Borealis without braving sub-zero temperatures late at night. This gorgeously produced book offers photos of rare red aurora, Aurora Australis (in the south), views from space and more. Brief front pages to each chapter and short captions under the photos cover history, science and folklore associated with the aurora. And if you are inspired to go out and see the magic for yourself, the last page has advice for you.-- (12/09/2011) Stunning photos from photographer Yuichi Takasaka as well as some from NASA grace the pages of this beautiful coffee table book celebrating the auroras. The book has more photos than text, but what text is there covers a wide variety of topics, from basic descriptions of how auroras form and what determines their coloration to how they are linked with electrical blackouts and how ancient peoples explained the auroras' presence. The text is accessible to any reader, and some of the background and historical information may surprise even those who already know a lot about the mysterious sky lights.-- (12/01/2012)