For astronomer, an insect is as worthy of observation as the cosmos

As an astronomer, Pieter van Dokkum explores celestial marvels and mysteries, but one of the most wondrous sights he’s ever witnessed is much more earthly: the metamorphosis of the dragonfly.
Yale professor and chair of astronomy Pieter van Dokkum photographs and studies dragonflies as an avocation. Yale University Press has just published a book of his close-range photographs and observations of the insects titled "Dragonflies: Magnificent Creatures of Water, Air, and Land."
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