Totality: Eclipses of the Sun

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A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality takes you to eclipses of the past, present, and future, and lets you see—and feel—why people travel to the ends of the Earth to observe them.

An absolutely indispensable resource for anyone who plans to observe an eclipse, and a must read for all astronomy buffs, this superb new edition brims with the anecdotes, experiences, and advice of many veteran eclipse observers. Indeed, it is the best guide and...

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Overview

A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality takes you to eclipses of the past, present, and future, and lets you see—and feel—why people travel to the ends of the Earth to observe them.

An absolutely indispensable resource for anyone who plans to observe an eclipse, and a must read for all astronomy buffs, this superb new edition brims with the anecdotes, experiences, and advice of many veteran eclipse observers. Indeed, it is the best guide and reference book on solar eclipses ever written, packed with information on how to observe them; how to photograph and videotape them; why they occur; their history and mythology; how eclipses revealed the workings of the Sun and made Einstein famous; and when and where to see future eclipses. Totality once again features the spectacular photography of Fred Espenak, who runs the NASA Eclipse Home Page and is the best-known and respected of all eclipse calculators and information sources. His many stunning color photographs illuminate this unparalleled exploration of eclipses. The volume has been updated to include current information on upcoming eclipses, with new chapters on the total eclipses due in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2017, plus all new chapters on how to photograph, video record, and process your eclipse images, with emphasis on the new generation of digital cameras.

Strikingly illustrated with stunning photographs and more than a hundred maps and diagrams, here is everything you need to know about eclipses of the sun, in an accurate, clearly written, and entertaining volume that can be read by lay people and astronomers with ease and enjoyment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The updated third edition of this already well-established reference and guide for total eclipse enthusiasts explores the history and mythology of the phenomenon, the science and scientists involved in the study of solar eclipses, how to photograph and videotape them, and when and where to see the next ones."—SciTech Book News
Sky and Telescope
With the second edition of their guide to eclipses, Littmann and the late Willcox teamed up with Espenak, arguable the best-known name in eclipse prediction....The text remains a rich resource of eclipse history and observing advice. The appendixes have been greatly expanded to include equipment suppliers as well as software and Internet resources.
Booknews
Describes for both casual and veteran observers the nature of the sun and eclipse phenomena, future eclipses through the year 2052, and scientific lessons learned from solar eclipses. The final chapter is devoted to the 11 July 1991 total eclipse. Includes many color and b&w photographs, diagrams, and maps. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199565528
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Littmann holds an endowed professorship in science writing at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches both writing and astronomy. He has written several popular astronomy books, including Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System, which won the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics; and Comet Halley: Once in a Lifetime (with Don Yeomans), which won the Elliott Montroll Special Award of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Fred Espenak is the most widely recognized name in solar eclipses. He is an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he founded and runs the NASA Eclipse Home Page, the most consulted website for eclipse information around the globe.

The late Ken Willcox was a polymer chemist for Phillips Petroleum with a lifetime passion for astronomy. Willcox was elected President of the Astronomical League in 1988 and he also served on the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Experience of Totality
Chapter 2. The Great Celestial Cover-Up
Chapter 3. A Quest to Understand
Chapter 4. Eclipses in Mythology
Chapter 5. Strange Behavior of Man and Beast
Chapter 6. Anatomy of the Sun
Chapter 7. The First Eclipse Expeditions
Chapter 8. The Eclipse that Made Einstein Famous
Chapter 9. Modern Scientific Uses for Eclipses
Chapter 10. Observing a Total Eclipse
Chapter 11. Observing Safely
Chapter 12. Eclipse Photography
Chapter 13. Shadow, Camera, Action - Capturing an Eclipse on Video
Chapter 14. Getting the Most From Your Eclipse Photos
Chapter 15. The Eclipse of July 22, 2009
Chapter 16. The Pedigree of an Eclipse
Chapter 17. The Eclipse of July 11, 2010
Chapter 18. Total Eclipses from 2012 to 2016
Chapter 19 The Eclipse of August 21, 2017
Chapter 20 Coming Attractions, 2008-2030
Appendices
1. The Experience of Totality
2. The Great Celestial Cover-Up
3. A Quest to Understand
4. Eclipses in Mythology
5. Strange Behavior of Man and Beast
6. Anatomy of the Sun
7. The First Eclipse Expeditions
8. The Eclipse that Made Einstein Famous
9. Modern Scientific Uses for Eclipses
10. Observing a Total Eclipse
11. Observing Safely
12. Eclipse Photography
13. Shadow, Camera, Action - Capturing an Eclipse on Video
14. Getting the Most From Your Eclipse Photos
15. The Eclipse of July 22, 2009
16. The Pedigree of an Eclipse
17. The Eclipse of July 11, 2010
18. Total Eclipses from 2012 to 2016
19. The Eclipse of August 21, 2017
20. Coming Attractions, 2008-2030
Appendices

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