This is the long-awaited handbook for both serious and amateur eclipse viewers. It provides?in intricate detail?information on the best places to see the many solar and lunar eclipses that will be visible from for the next twelve years. Easy-to-follow, high-quality maps are included, and these especially useful when the best point for viewing is remote. The author provides comprehensive background information for each eclipse and hundreds of useful tips on how to make the most of these brief, awe-inspiring phenomena.
'This inexpensive little book, primarily about total solar eclipses, will appeal to amateur and serious 'eclipse chasers' alike, being attractively presented and easy to follow.'
--Jon Harper, Popular Astrology magazine, July-September edition
'All eclipse junkies will find this amazing little book invaluable. It is both practical but poetical, succinct but thorough. For the new recruit or aspiring eclipse observer, it will be a goldmine.'
-- Richard Knox, Gnomon: Newsletter of the Association of Astronomy Education, Autumn 2005
'Held's eclipse guide-book successfully combines essential astronomical information for the next decade with practical observing tips and historical anecdotes. The author has taken the trouble to supply essential weather statistics so there is plenty of good advice about where to go to get the best views. I do recommend school science departments to get this book as a reference guide. The only drawback to purchasing it is that you will be in severe danger of getting hooked.'
-- School Science Review, Spring 2006
'The solar-eclipse maps are excellent. The section on unusual astronomical events is an interesting inclusion. The weather treated the eclipse watchers well in Madrid [in October 2005]; sadly observers back in the UK were not so lucky. Perhaps they should take a look at Held's book and use it to plant their next eclipse expedition to sunnier climes. All you need are tickets, passport, money, and this book.'
-- Steve Bell, The Observatory magazine, April 2006
The awe-inspiring spectacle of a solar eclipse Observing eclipses -- Finding a good place -- A peaceful place -- The drama of the events -- Protecting your eyes How does an eclipse happen -- The path of the moon around the earth -- A solar eclipse -- The inclination of the moon's path -- The movement of the nodes -- Saros periods: the 42 eclipse families -- Eclipses and their effect in nature Total and annular eclipses 2005-2017 The character of a lunar eclipse Lunar eclipses 2005-2017 The character of sun and moon and their relationship to the human being -- The sun -- The seven rhythms of the sun -- Moon rhythms in biological and psychological rhythms -- The human being as a sun-being Descriptions of eclipses -- Turkey 1936 by Elisabeth Vreede -- Vienna 1842 by Adalbert Stifter -- Egypt 1905 by Wilhelm Meyer Other astronomical events -- Transits of Mercury 2006, 2016 -- Transit of Venus 2012
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Floris Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 14.8
Weight (kg): 0.36