Author: Mark Littmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-05-04
Totality: The Great American Eclipses is a complete guide to the most stunning of celestial sights, total eclipses of the Sun. It focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States. The U.S. mainland has not experienced a total solar eclipse since 1979. This book provides information, photographs, and illustrations to help the public understand and safely enjoy all aspects of these eclipses including: § How to observe a total eclipse of the Sun § How to photograph and video record an eclipse § Why solar eclipses happen § The earliest attempts to understand and predict eclipses § The mythology and folklore of eclipses § The response of animals to total solar eclipses § The response of man to total eclipses through time § How scientists used total eclipses to understand how the Sun works § How astronomers used a total solar eclipse in 1919 to confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity § Weather prospects for the 2017 eclipse § Detailed maps of the path of totality for the 2017 eclipse and the eclipses of 2018 through 2024 § Precise local times for the eclipses of 2017 and 2024 (the next total solar eclipse to visit the U.S.) § Color and black-and-white photographs, diagrams, and charts to illustrate and explain total solar eclipses § Global maps of total solar eclipses from 2017 to 2045 and lists of total and annual solar eclipses from 1970 through 2070
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from parts of the United States and Canada. Although a partial eclipse will be seen from all of North America, the total phase in which the Moon completely covers the Sun (known as totality) will only be seen from within the ~120-mile-wide path of the Moon's umbral shadow as it sweeps cross Mexico, the United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine), and Canada (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland). The Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2024 contains a comprehensive series of 26 maps of the path of totality across Mexico, the USA and Canada. The large scale (1 inch ≈ 22 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges. The path of totality on each map is depicted as a lightly shaded region with the northern and southern limits clearly identified. The total eclipse can only be seen inside this path. The closer one gets to the central line of the path, the longer the total eclipse lasts. Gray lines inside the path mark the duration of the total eclipse in 30 second steps. This makes it easy to estimate the duration of totality from any location in the eclipse path.Armed with this atlas and the latest weather forecasts, the road warrior is ready to chase totality no matter where it takes him/her along the entire path. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2024 total eclipse in clear skies.
It’s a good story: we are made of matter like that we also find in the stars. Essential to our planet’s existence, the Sun—our nearest star––is also the most fascinating object humans have ever adored, literally the difference between day and night. But getting beyond these basic perceptions requires scientific understanding. What, for instance, is the sun made of? Why does it burn so brightly? How long will it last? This book not only answers these questions but also tells the story of how we came to know—not merely behold—the grandest entity in our sky. Leon Golub and Jay M. Pasachoff offer an engaging and informative account of solar science and its history, drawing on centuries of study by solar astronomers who have looked to the Sun not only to learn about our own solar system but also about what lies in the distant wilderness of faintly glimmering stars. They skim along the surface of the Sun, which is decorated with sunspots, discussing these fascinating magnetic aberrations and the roughly eleven-year cycles they abide. They follow seismic waves into the interior of the Sun and its unending nuclear fusion. They show us what is unveiled in solar eclipses and what new views and knowledge our space exploration has afforded us. They brave solar weather, and they trace the arcs of radiation and particles whose effects we can see on earth in phenomena such as the northern and southern lights. Glowing with a wide assortment of astonishing images, this beautifully illustrated guide will delight everyone, from those who know what a coronagraph is to those who simply like to step out on a bright day, close their eyes, and feel the Sun’s warmth upon their skin.
Author: Marc Nussbaum
Release Date: 2017-08-07
FULL COLOR PRINT EDITION NOTE: For the BLACK AND WHITE EDITION, select "see all formats" above, and then click on triangle inside box on left of the word "Paperback." Are you ready to take the umbra less traveled? Yesterday was August 21, 2017. The Great American Eclipse crossed the USA, and it was stupendous! A bright beacon in our lives-connecting us to the ancient ones, to our vast cosmos and to our fragile homeworld floating in the blackness of space. Today is August 22. Now what? In your hand is the most approachable, fun, and complete guide for exploring the next ten total and annular solar eclipses; all will hit our planet between now and the end of 2024. Just think... an eclipse. What a great excuse to see South America, India, Greenland or Tahiti. Perhaps a relaxing cruise this time? Over this seven-year period, two eclipses will sweep through the United States. This title is based on the best-selling book "Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Your Guide to the Next US Eclipse." We've added new diagrams, better explanations, larger maps and entire new chapters. It includes everything to plan a successful trip, with dozens of tips from veteran eclipse chasers: *What it's like to see totality, how an annular is different and why you want to see one. *Where on Earth to see them, including maps and best viewing locations. *Explanations for how it works; the corona, Baily's beads, the diamond ring and more. *Secrets explained-why the shadow moves east when the Sun and Moon set in the west. *What gear to take, choosing binoculars, getting the best pictures from your camera. *How to observe safely plus a step-by-step guide to making binocular and camera filters. Viewing a total solar eclipse is an emotional experience that should be on everyone's bucket list. Soon the universe will reveal itself in an epic show more astonishing than anything ever devised by the magic of Hollywood or Disney. Mother Nature's multi-gigaton, 24/7 nuclear inferno in the sky, is going to put on a show. Don't miss the performance.
On Sunday, October 14, 2023, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from parts of the United States. Although a partial eclipse will be seen from all of North America, the annular phase in which the Moon's disk is completely silhouetted by the Sun (known as annularity) is only visible from a narrow path of the Moon's antumbral shadow as it sweeps through the western USA (Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas), Mexico, Central and South America. The Road Atlas for the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2023 contains a comprehensive series of 29 maps of the path of annularity across the USA, Mexico, Central and South America. The large scale (1 inch ¿ 28 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges. The path of annularity on each map is depicted as a lightly shaded region with the northern and southern limits clearly identified. The "ring of fire" annular phase can only be seen inside this path. The closer one gets to the central line of the path, the longer the annular eclipse lasts. Gray lines inside the path mark the duration of the annular eclipse in 30 second steps. This makes it easy to estimate the duration of annularity from any location in the eclipse path.
Author: Space and Technology House of Representatives Subcommittee on Research and Technology & Subcommittee on Space Committee on Science, Space and Technology House of Representatives
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: 2018-01-29
On August 21, 2017, large portions of the continental United States experienced a total solar eclipse that stretched from Oregon to South Carolina. The purpose of the hearing is to review what scientific knowledge was gained from studying the eclipse, how U.S. telescopes and other scientific instruments were used to capture the eclipse, lessons learned from engaging the public and students in grades K-12 in STEM education and activities surrounding the event, and future preparations for eclipses in 2019 and 2024. Preliminary estimates indicate that over 200 million Americans participated in a similar viewing event or watched live-streamed media coverage. It's critical that we learn from this experience and work to keep this level of public interest in space and science as future space activities can only benefit from an engaged and supportive American public. Children who experienced this eclipse may one day be part of the teams of scientists and engineers supporting missions that take us to cislunar space, Mars and beyond. Although a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth every 18 months, the Great American Eclipse was extraordinary because, for the first time in a century, the path of totality passed across the United States eastward from Oregon and eastward to South Carolina. Those who experienced the total solar eclipse saw the Moon completely cover the bright disk of the Sun, revealing the much fainter corona and solar prominences. They also may have noticed changes in their environment, stars and planets in the mid-day sky, a decrease in air temperature, and changes in bird and animal behaviors. Scientists used the occurrence to study the innermost region of the Sun's corona, which would otherwise not be visible even with dedicated solar probes and ground-based telescopes.
Author: Philip S. Harrington
Release Date: 2003-07-24
Your Passport to the Universe The night sky is alive with many wonders--distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer Philip Harrington introduce you to the universe in Star Watch, a complete beginner's guide to locating, observing, and understanding these celestial objects. You'll start by identifying the surface features of the Moon, the banded cloud tops of Jupiter, the stunning rings of Saturn, and other members of our solar system. Then you'll venture out beyond our solar system, where you'll learn tips and tricks for finding outstanding deep-sky objects from stars to galaxies, including the entire Messier catalog--a primary goal of every serious beginner. Star Watch features a detailed physical description of each target, including size, distance, and structure, as well as concise directions for locating the objects, handy finder charts, hints on the best times to view each object, and descriptions of what you'll really see through a small telescope or binoculars and with the naked eye. Star Watch will transport you to the farthest depths of space--and return you as a well-traveled, experienced stargazer.