Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

Cosmic Challenge

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


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

    "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 ever since!
  • Paperback: 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

LC Control Number: 96029777
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Harrington, Philip S.
Main Title: Eclipse! : the what, where, when, why, and how guide to watching solar and lunar eclipses / Philip S. Harrington.
Published/Created: New York : J. Wiley, c1997.
Description: viii, 280 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN: 0471127957 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 260-261) and index.
Subjects: Solar eclipses--Observers' manuals.
Lunar eclipses--Observers' manuals.
LC Classification: QB541 .H35 1997
Dewey Class No.: 523.7/8 21


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