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The author poses with the basic equipment that he used to take many of the images in this book.

Jerry Lodriguss has been a lover of the night sky for nearly his whole life.

He first became interested in astronomy at the age of seven when he looked through a "spyglass" at the Moon and was amazed to see that it had craters. He discovered his love for photography when he was 17 years old when he bought a camera to take pictures through his home-made 10-inch reflecting telescope.

Jerry's professional photography career began in 1974 working part time shooting high school sports for $5 per picture at a small suburban weekly newspaper in New Orleans.

He then worked as a staff photographer for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, and as Louisiana Newspictures Bureau Manager for United Press International. After leaving UPI, he freelanced for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

From 1987 until 2009 he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer as their staff sports photographer.

His sports photography has won numerous national and international awards including first place prizes for both feature and action photography in the National Football League Hall of Fame Contest, and one of his images was named Pro Football Photograph of the Year. He has twice won first place honors for Sports Portfolio in the prestigious NPPA / University of Missouri Pictures of the Year competition. He was nominated for three Pulitzer prizes for his photography by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Today, Jerry is an author and photographer who has written numerous articles for magazines such as Sky and Telescope and Astronomy, and has published six books:

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