Total Eclipses of the Sun (Expanded edition)

Total Eclipses of the Sun (Expanded edition)

by Jack B. Zirker


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Total Eclipses of the Sun (Expanded edition) by Jack B. Zirker

Eclipses have captured attention and sparked curiosity about the cosmos since the first appearance of humankind. Having been blamed for everything from natural disasters to the fall of kings, they are now invaluable tools for understanding many celestial as well as terrestrial phenomena. This clear, easy-to-understand guide explains what causes total eclipses and how they can be used in experiments to examine everything from the dust between the planets to general relativity. A new chapter has been added on the eclipse of July 11, 1991 (the great Hawaiian eclipse).

Originally published in 1995.

The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691603667
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/14/2014
Series: Princeton Legacy Library Series
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition


1 Thirty Centuries of Eclipse Watching 1

2 Eclipses Explained 28

3 Time, Tide, and Gravity 41

4 The Chromosphere 56

5 The Solar Corona 76

6 Interplanetary Dust 106

7 The Earth's Atmosphere 129

8 Waves in the Earth's Atmosphere 148

9 A Test of General Relativity 166

10 "I Got Rhythm, You Got Rhythm" 183

11 Future Experiments: Is the Sun Shrinking? 190

12 The Great Hawaiian Eclipse 197

Postscript 213

Glossary 215

Index 219

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