Eclipses of the Sun
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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 Centre, 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 Sky & Telescope and is one of the best known of eclipsephotographers. He leads expeditions for every total solar eclipse wherever it is in the world and has done 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 Barlesville 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 acomprehensive guide to eclipses in preparation for the great toal 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 ofTotality 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.
A total eclipse of the Sun is the most awesome sight in the heavens. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun 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.Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is the best guide and reference book on solar eclipses ever written. It explains: how to observe them; how to photograph and videotape them; why they occur; their history and mythology; and future eclipses - when and where to see themTotality also tells the remarkable story of how eclipses shocked scientists, revealed the workings of the Sun, and made Einstein famous. And the book shares the experiences and advice of many veteran eclipse observers.Totality: Eclipses of the Sun is profusely illustrated with stunning photographs (many in color) and more than a hundred maps and diagrams. It can be read by lay people and astronomers with ease and enjoyment.
; July 2008
374 pages; ISBN 9780191579943
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Author: Mark Littmann; Fred Espenak; Ken Willcox
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...continues to prove itself to be an indispensible guide and reference book for solar eclipse observation today...Totality covers every aspect of solar eclipses and addresses a wide audience with an interest in astronomy...If you intend to witness the total solar eclipse next year in India, China and Japan, I highly recommend Totality to be included in your backpack.