Totality -- The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024


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Table of Contents

1: The Experience of Totality
2: The Great Celestial Cover-Up
3: Ancient Efforts to Understand
4: Eclipses in Mythology
5: The Strange Behavior of Man and Beast - Long Ago
6: The Sun at Work
7: The First Eclipse Chasers
8: The Eclipse that Made Einstein Famous
9: Observing a Total Eclipse
10: Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses
11: The Strange Behavior of Man and Beast - Modern Times
12: Eclipse Photography
13: The All-American Eclipse of 2017
14: The Weather Outlook
15: When Is the Next One? Total Eclipses: 2018-2023
16: Coming Back to America: The Eclipse of 2024
17: Epilogue
AppA: Maps for Every Solar Eclipse 2017-2045
App B: Total, Annular, and Hybrid Eclipses: 2017-2060
App C: Recent Total, Annular, and Hybrid Eclipses: 1970-2016
App D: Total Eclipses in the United States: 1492 to 2100

About the Author

Mark Littmann has written several popular books about astronomy. Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System won the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics. Planet Halley: Once in a Lifetime (Donald K Yeomans, co-author) won the Elliott Montroll Special Award of the New York Academy of Sciences. Reviewers described The Heavens on Fire: The Great Leonid Meteor Storms as a "unique achievement," "altogether satisfying," and "a compelling
Mark holds an endowed professorship, the Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing, at the University of Tennessee where he teaches three different courses in writing about science, technology, medicine, and the environment. He has helped lead expeditions to Canada, Hawaii, Bolivia, Aruba, and Turkey to observe total eclipses.
Fred Espenak is the most widely recognized name in solar eclipses. He is an astrophysicist emeritus 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. His Five Millennium Canons of solar and lunar eclipses are seminal works for researchers, archaeologists, and historians.
Fred writes regularly on eclipses for Sky & Telescope and is probably the best known of all eclipse photographers. He leads expeditions for every total solar eclipse 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.


`Review from previous edition Although this work is academic to the extent that it could easily be used as a reference textbook, it is written so professionally that it reads more like a well-crafted novel!
Astronomy Now
`The best book on solar eclipses ever written.'
Leif Robinson, Editor in Chief of Sky & Telescope
`This is the book! Everything you ever watned to know about eclipses. You can always count on these writers to give you the best.'
Jack Horkheimer, writer and host of "StarGazer" on PBS

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