Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars



The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar & Lunar Eclipses


Chapter 7  

Solar Eclipses: 1998 - 2017

Topics covered Chapter updates Recommended reading


Topics covered

  • Every total, annular, and partial solar eclipse is detailed in this chapter.

  • Climatological data from the International Station Meteorological Climate Summary are included for each total and annular eclipse.


Chapter 7 updates

  • Page 123 (first printing only).  Change the reference from Appendix F to Appendix G.

  • Page 154 (first printing only).  The fifth line from the bottom should read "Figure 3.9," not "Figure 3.13."

The path of the annular solar eclipse on 2003 May 31.

Illustration from Eclipse!

Recommended reading


  • Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1986-2035; Espenak, F.; Sky Pub Corp., 1987; ISBN: 093334645X.

  • Totality; Littmann, M, Wilcox, K., and Espenak, F.; Oxford University Press, 1999; ISBN: 0195131797.

  Web sites

  • Eclipse maps

    • Wonderful web site of highly detailed eclipse maps created by professional cartographer Michael Zeiler of Santa Fe, NM.

  • NASA Eclipse Home Page

    • Words of wisdom from NASA's chief eclipsophile, Fred Espenak.

  • Solar & Lunar Eclipse Simulator Freeware

    • DOS-based freeware from Christian Nüesch that simulates solar eclipses from any viewing location between the years 1700 and 2300.