Totality: Eclipses of the Sun

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A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun 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.

Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is a well-established guide and reference book on solar eclipses. It explains: how to observe them; how to photograph and videotape them; why they occur; their history and ...

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A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun 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.

Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is a well-established guide and reference book on solar eclipses. It explains: how to observe them; how to photograph and videotape them; why they occur; their history and mythology; and future eclipses-when and where to see them.

Totality also tells the remarkable story of how eclipses shocked scientists, revealed the workings of the Sun, and made Einstein famous. And the book shares the experiences and advice of many veteran eclipse observers.

Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is profusely illustrated with stunning photographs (many in color) and more than a hundred maps and diagrams. It can be read by lay people and astronomers with ease and enjoyment.

About the Author:
Mark Littmann holds an endowed Professorship in science writing and teaches astronomy at the University of Tennessee

About the Author:
Fred Espenak is an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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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.
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780199532094
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/22/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (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

1 The Experience of Totality 1

2 The Great Celestial Cover-Up 7

3 A Quest to Understand 29

4 Eclipses in Mythology 39

5 The Strange Behavior of Man and Beast 49

6 Anatomy of the Sun 57

7 The First Eclipse Expeditions 69

8 The Eclipse That Made Einstein Famous 91

9 Modern Scientific Uses for Eclipses 109

10 Observing a Total Eclipse 127

11 Observing Safely 153

12 Eclipse Photography 161

13 Shadow, Camera, Action! - Capturing an Eclipse on Video 191

14 Getting the Most From Your Eclipse Photos 201

15 The Eclipse of August 1, 2008 215

16 The Eclipse of July 22, 2009 223

17 The Pedigree of an Eclipse 233

18 The Eclipse of July 11, 2010 245

19 The All-American Eclipse of 2017 253

20 Coming Attractions 271

Epilogue Eclipses - Cosmic Perspective, Human Perspective 289

App. A Total, Annular, and Hybrid Eclipses: 2008-2060 293

App. B Recent Total, Annular, and Hybrid Eclipses: 1970-2008 299

App. C Chronology of Discoveries about the Sun 303

App. D NASA Solar Eclipse Bulletins 321

Glossary 323

Selected Bibliography 329

Index 335

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