Author: Michael E. Bakich
Release Date: 2016-06-01
In this book Astronomy Magazine editor Michael Bakich presents all the information you’ll need to be ready for the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on August 21, 2017. In this one resource you’ll find out where the eclipse will occur, how to observe it safely, what you’ll experience during the eclipse, the best equipment to choose, how to photograph the event, detailed weather forecasts for locations where the Moon’s shadow will fall, and much more. Written in easy-to-understand language (and with a glossary for those few terms you may not be familiar with), this is the must-have reference for this unique occurrence. It’s not a stretch to say that this eclipse will prove to be the most viewed sky event in history. That’s why even now, more than a year before the eclipse, astronomy clubs, government agencies, cities — even whole states — are preparing for the unprecedented onslaught of visitors whose only desire is to experience darkness at midday. Bakich informs observers what anyone will need to observe, enjoy, and understand this event.
Author: Martin Mobberley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2007-07-05
This book is intended for amateur astronomers who are readers of Sky & Telescope magazine or similar astronomy periodicals – or are at least at the same level of knowledge and enthusiasm. Supernovae represent the most violent stellar explosions in the universe. This is a unique guide to supernova facts, and it is also an observing/discovery guide, all in one package. Supernovae are often discovered by amateur astronomers, and the book describes the best strategies for discovering and observing them. Moreover, it contains detailed information about the probable physics of supernovae, a subject which even today is imperfectly understood.
Author: Marc Nussbaum
Release Date: 2015-08-20
BLACK AND WHITE PRINT EDITION NOTE: For FULL COLOR EDITION, select "see all formats" above, and then click on triangle inside box on left of the word "Paperback." On Monday, August 21, 2017, the universe will reveal itself in an epic show more astonishing than anything ever devised by the magic of Hollywood or Disney. The Sun, Mother Nature's multi-gigaton, 24/7 nuclear inferno in the sky, is going to put on a show. This will be the first US coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years, placing totality within an over-night drive of 320 million Americans. This is the most complete guide to the 2017 eclipse that is available. It includes everything you need to plan a successful viewing experience, with dozens of tips from veteran eclipse chasers: * Where to see the eclipse and instructions on how to observe it safely. * Over seventy high-quality photographs, diagrams, detailed maps and tables. * Simple explanations for how it all works, including the corona, Baily's beads, the diamond ring and more. * What gear to take, including eye safety filters, binoculars, and how to get the best pictures from your camera or smartphone. The shadow of totality will carve a 2,527 mile path across U.S. territory-never touching land in any foreign country-making it the first ever "All American" Total Solar Eclipse. Beyond this narrow shadow of totality-about 60 miles wide-everyone else in the continental US will see a partial solar eclipse. This promises to be the most viewed and photographed eclipse in human history. Viewing a total solar eclipse is an emotional experience that should be on everyone's bucket list. In 2017 the eclipse will occur in our collective "backyard," an ideal time to take loved ones on an adventure of a lifetime. ______________ "Planning an eclipse trip without this book would be like traveling to Italy without reading Rick Steves' or Fodor's travel guide." - Craig Small, Hayden Planetarium Lecturer and Eclipse Chaser. "This book saved hours of research and gave me an appreciation of eclipse phenomena I didn't realize I was missing." - Ara Nazarian, Author of "Technical Minds" and Senior Vice President Engineering, WiTricity. About the Author: Marc Nussbaum has been developing high tech computer products for over 40 years. He is the President of Audible Rush and has served as CEO of Lantronix and SVP Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, and co-founder of Western Digital's hard drive business. He is an engineer, photographer and amateur astronomer. Marc has a BS in Physics from the State University of New York and chairs the science curriculum for the University of California Irvine Extension, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Author: Mark Littmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-05-01
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 since1979. 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
Author: Robert Gendler
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2013-08-13
There are currently thousands of amateur astronomers around the world engaged in astrophotography at a sophisticated level. Their ranks far outnumber professional astronomers doing the same and their contributions both technically and artistically are the dominant drivers of progress in the field today. This book is a unique collaboration of individuals world-renowned in their particular area and covers in detail each of the major sub-disciplines of astrophotography. This approach offers the reader the greatest opportunity to learn the most current information and the latest techniques directly from the foremost innovators in the field today. “Lessons from the Masters” includes a brilliant body of recognized leaders in astronomical imaging, assembled by Robert Gendler, who delivers the most current, sophisticated and useful information on digital enhancement techniques in astrophotography available today. Each chapter focuses on a particular technique, but the book as a whole covers all types of astronomical image processing, including processing of events such as eclipses, using DSLRs, and deep-sky, planetary, widefield, and high resolution astronomical image processing. Recognized contributors include deep-sky experts such as Jay GaBany, Tony Hallas, and Ken Crawford, high-resolution planetary expert Damian Peach, and the founder of TWAN (The World at Night) Babak A. Tafreshi. A large number of illustrations (150, 75 in color) present the challenges and accomplishments involved in the processing of astronomical images by enthusiasts.
On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipsesÕ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm EinsteinÕs theory of relativity. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.
Author: Fred Espenak
Release Date: 2015-07-15
On Monday, 2017 August 21, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from the contiguous United States for the first time since 1979. The track of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in the Pacific Ocean and crosses the nation from west to east through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. Inside the 70-mile-wide path of totality, the Moon will completely cover the Sun as the landscape is plunged into an eerie twilight and the Sun's glorious corona is revealed for nearly 3 minutes. Outside the narrow shadow track, a partial eclipse will be visible from all of North America."Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017" contains a comprehensive series of 37 detailed maps of the path of totality across the USA.The large scale of ~1:74,000 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 be seen only 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 20 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 along the 2500-mile-long path it takes him/her. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2017 total eclipse in clear skies.The "Road Atlas" is the complementary publication of "Eclipse Bulletin: Total solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21."
Author: Bob King
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Understand and Enjoy the Wonders of the Stars with Fun Activities for the Whole Family Gain a deeper appreciation of the universe and our place in it with Night Sky with the Naked Eye. Learn how to spot the International Space Station, follow the moon through its phases, forecast an aurora and watch a meteor shower along with traditional night sky activities such as identifying the bright planets, stars and constellations. Fun activities embrace modern technology with the best apps and websites that make it easy for anyone to observe the greatest spectacles of the sky without a telescope or other expensive equipment. An expert in his field, Bob King teaches night sky courses and makes cosmic mysteries practical and accessible for skywatchers new and old. Understand what makes stars twinkle and where meteors come from in this complete guide to the heavens. Unique illustrations and stunning photos help the reader understand the concepts presented. Tips on how to photograph satellites, eclipses and the aurora are also included. Unravel the secrets of the universe while deepening your appreciation of its beauty through this clear and concise guide.
Author: Michael Swanson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2004-01-30
Michael Swanson’s online discussions with literally thousands of NexStar owners made it clear that there was a desperate need for a book such as this – one that provides a complete, detailed guide to buying, using and maintaining NexStar telescopes. Although this book is highly comprehensive, it is suitable for beginners – there is a chapter on "Astronomy Basics" – and experts alike. Celestron’s NexStar telescopes were introduced in 1999, beginning with their first computer controlled "go to" model, a 5-inch. More models appeared in quick succession, and Celestron’s new range made it one of the two dominant manufacturers of affordable "go to" telescopes.