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What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide to Watching Solar & Lunar
"Amongst all the wonders
of all the wonderful sciences there is no science which deals with such
a gorgeous spectacle as is exhibited by the queen of sciences, astronomy,
at the moment when the earth is gradually shrouded in darkness and when
around the smiling orb of day there appears the matchless crown of the
corona. Nor can any science duplicate the wonderful precision shown by
the work of the astronomer in his capacity to predict hundreds of years
in advance the exact hour and minute at which an eclipse will take place
and the locality where such an eclipse will be visible."
So wrote S. A. Mitchell in "Eclipses
of the Sun" (1923). Back then, few people followed eclipses with the fervor
and dedication that we see today. Enthusiasts think nothing of jetting
around the world just to witness the few brief moments of a total solar
eclipse. And with good reason, for all who behold the majesty of totality
will give impassioned testimony to its unbridled glory. A total solar eclipse
is the most beautiful and emotionally charge celestial event of all. Then,
there are annular, or "ring-of-fire,"
solar eclipses also attract wide attention, as do partial eclipses. And
the more common lunar eclipses, which have always taken a back seat to
solar eclipses, bring with them a unique beauty that may be enjoyed by
both veteran eclipse watchers and apprentice skygazers alike. Personally,
I always look forward to a total lunar eclipse with great anticipation,
perhaps because it was the eclipse of April 1968 that first pulled me into
this fascinating hobby and science of astronomy. And I have been hooked
280 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 9.19 x 7.50
- Publisher: John
Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471127957; 1st edition (September 10, 1997)
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Library of Congress Catalog Data
||Book (Print, Microform, Electronic,
||Eclipse! : the what, where, when, why,
and how guide to watching solar and lunar eclipses / Philip S.
||New York : J. Wiley, c1997.
||viii, 280 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
||0471127957 (pbk. : alk. paper)
||Includes bibliographical references
(p. 260-261) and index.
||Solar eclipses--Observers' manuals.
Lunar eclipses--Observers' manuals.
||QB541 .H35 1997