Back Cover Endorsements

"Looking up at the Moon has inspired explorers and dreamers for eons, floating as a beacon of endless mystery. It lured me into space. The largest Dot in the night sky is the Moon, and its facts and mysteries are beautifully connected in Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Moon. “
Chris Hadfield, astronaut

"Connecting dots in the night sky is a sensible first step to begin exploring Earth, where we live among the stars.”
Roberta Bondar, scientist, physician, astronaut, photographer

“This  is an excellent book (Dot to Dot in the Sky, Stories of the Planets). It’s very interesting to read about the mythological stories behind the names of the planets of our solar system, as well as the planetary facts. I appreciate that Joan Marie Galat is very careful in making the important distinction between the myths and the facts of what we know today. I believe that star gazers of all ages will be fascinated by these stories.”
Julie Payette, astronaut

"As a Sagittarian, was I predestined to coach university archery and to be launched like an arrow into the sky? Mythology and astronomy will always connect ancient lives to ours and Dot to Dot in the Sky (Stories of the Zodiac) is a remarkable story of how and why."
Roberta Bondar, scientist, physician, astronaut, photographer

"This book makes sense of the constellations of the zodiac and explains their significance in terms of both astronomy and astrology ... The author describes the yearly journey of the sun, moon, and planets through these groupings of stars in an informative and interesting way."
James Foster, PhD, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA

“Love, hate, jealousy, revenge—these are the basic elements of the original soup opera of the sky that plays out every night above our heads. Joan Marie Galat tell the colourful tales of mythological creatures seen among the stars by ancient skywatchers and adds the modern drama of exploding supernovae and alien planets found within the same constellations today. This stargazers’ companion brings the night sky to life with the full story of your zodiac sign.”
Bob MacDonald, Host of CBC Radio’s “Quirks & Quarks"

Having watched the aurora from space, I’ve known the unique thrill of seeing the lights swirl over the planet. Joan Marie Galat captures the science and remarkable folklore of the aurora in Stories of the Aurora, an inspirational collection of tales that makes the reader want to experience their beauty first hand. 
Dr. Dave Williams​, Canadian Astronaut ​

"There are two ways to look at the Northern Lights; scientifically, as a stream of energetic particles shot out from the sun colliding with the Earth's atmosphere, or mythologically, as a wondrous dance of spirits in the sky. Joan Marie Galat provides both in this delightful blend of science and stories from around the world, that capture the most beautiful and magical celestial show to be seen by human eyes." 
Bob McDonald, Science Journalist/Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks

Stories of the Aurora by Joan Marie Galat is an engaging book that delves into why auroras both amazed and frightened our ancestors. The next time you look skyward in hopes of seeing the northern or southern lights, think of the early storytellers and their lively interpretations of this natural marvel.
James Foster, Ph.D. scientist emeritus, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

I remember as a child being amazed at the sight of my first real night sky, undiluted by man-made light! The exhilarating beauty, complexity and infinity of the Universe, right there before my eyes. But, as Joan Marie Galat explains in this book [Dark Matters, Nature’s Reaction to Light Pollution], there is more to light pollution than its effect on star-gazing... the whole world needs dark skies!
David Saint-Jacques, Canadian astronaut

A blend of fine storytelling and gripping facts, Dark Matters reveals the need for dark, along with its value to you and the world. A book to share—highly recommended. 
David L. Crawford, Ph.D. (Astronomy) and International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) cofounder and former executive director