Total Eclipses: Science, Observations, Myths and Legends

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 16, 1999 - Science - 248 pages
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Lively and easy to understand, Total Eclipses presents the myths and legends associated with solar and lunar eclipses through the ages, the mechanisms governing these events, their beauty, and the wealth of information gleaned from them by astronomers and astrophysicists.
"Gives a wide variety of information on observing eclipses for the novice as well as on the value of eclipses to professionals...any reader can find information at an interesting and appropriate level and can be sure that he is being guided knowledgeably." -NATURE
 

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Contents

OUR LOCAL STAR
1
Chapter
6
HOW TO OBSERVE THE SUN
35
ECLIPSES OF THE SUN AND MOON
57
Eclipses of the Moon
70
HISTORICAL ECLIPSES AND DISCOVERIES
81
OBSERVING TOTAL ECLIPSES OF THE SUN
141
PHOTOGRAPHING ECLIPSES OF THE SUN AND MOON
159
Appendix B Eclipses and coronal physics
185
Radial variations in plasma densities in the corona
191
The smallest coronal structure detected during the eclipse
204
1 Coronal structures 9 March 1997
210
Computer program for solar and lunar eclipse dates
213
Appendix D
217
Appendix E Eclipses of the Sun and Moon until 2010
227
Bibliography
237

Appendix A Energy and neutrinos
179

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