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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 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.

Book News Annotation:

Littmann (science writing and astronomy, U. of Tennessee) Fred astrophysicist Espenak (Goddard Space Flight Center), and Ken Willcox (physics and astronomy, Bartlesville Wesleyan College) present a popular account and guide to solar eclipses past, present, and future. Their topics include eclipses in mythology, observing a total eclipse, getting the most from eclipse photographs, and the all-American eclipse of 2017. Previous editions appeared in 1991 and 1999. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Mark Littmann holds an endowed professorship in science writing at the University of Tennessee, where he teaches both science 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. His most recent book is The Heavens on Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms. He has helped to lead solar eclipse

expeditions.

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 for

people around the globe. Two years before each total solar eclipse he issues a NASA bulletin of technical information, maps, weather data and commentary. Espenak also writes regularly on eclipses for SkyandTelescope and is one of the best known of eclipse photographers. He leads expeditions for

every total solar eclipse wherever it is in the world and has done so for more than 35 years. In 2003, the International Astronomical Union honored Espenak and his eclipse work by naming asteroid 14120 after him.

The late Ken Willcox was a polymer chemist for Phillips Petroleum with a lifetime passion for astronomy. A frequent speaker at astronomical meetings, he also taught physics and astronomy classes at Bartlesville Wesleyan College. In 1988, Willcox was elected President of the Astronomical League and

he also served on the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Willcox witnessed his first total eclipse of the Sun in 1979. That event inspired him to collaborate with Mark Littmann on a comprehensive guide to eclipses in preparation for the great total eclipse of 1991. The resulting book,

Totality: Eclipses of the Sun, was hailed as the best popular reference on the subject ever published. Littmann and Willcox asked Espenak to join them in expanding and updating the second edition of Totality which was published by Oxford University Press in May 1999. Unfortunately, Willcox lost his

fight to bone cancer before he could see the second edition in print.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199532094
Author:
Littmann, Mark
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Ken
Author:
Espenak, Fred
Author:
null, Fred
Author:
Willcox, Ken
Author:
null, Mark
Subject:
Solar eclipses
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy - Solar System
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Earth Sciences | Planetology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of color plates, 75 b+w halfton
Pages:
374
Dimensions:
6 x 9.3 x 0.9 in 1.725 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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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