Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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Springer, Jun 1, 2016 - Science - 395 pages
In this book Astronomy Magazine editor Michael Bakich presents all the information you’ll need to be ready for the total solar eclipse that will cross the United States on August 21, 2017. In this one resource you’ll find out where the eclipse will occur, how to observe it safely, what you’ll experience during the eclipse, the best equipment to choose, how to photograph the event, detailed weather forecasts for locations where the Moon’s shadow will fall, and much more.
Written in easy-to-understand language (and with a glossary for those few terms you may not be familiar with), this is the must-have reference for this unique occurrence. It’s not a stretch to say that this eclipse will prove to be the most viewed sky event in history. That’s why even now, more than a year before the eclipse, astronomy clubs, government agencies, cities — even whole states — are preparing for the unprecedented onslaught of visitors whose only desire is to experience darkness at midday. Bakich informs observers what anyone will need to observe, enjoy, and understand this event.

 

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Contents

Whats All the Fuss About?
1
An Illustrated Eclipse Glossary
6
Frequently Asked Questions Answered About Eclipses
17
The Path of the 2017 Eclipse
25
The Saros Cycle
34
Solar Eclipses Throughout History
43
How to Observe the Sun Safely
73
Ten Ways NOT to Observe the Sun
81
What Do You Really Have to Know?
239
What to Bring to the Eclipse
243
Community Eclipse Planning
246
Detailed Weather Predictions Along the Center Line
259
20 Hot Spots for Viewing the Eclipse
287
Appendix A Resource list
309
Appendix B A Calendar of Every Total Solar Eclipse Since the Year 1
313
Appendix C Upcoming Total Solar Eclipses Through 2030
320

How to Rehearse for the Eclipse
89
What Will You See Around the Sun During Totality?
92
How Will the Sun Appear During Totality?
99
Earthly Effects to Look for During the Eclipse
105
Pick the Right Binoculars for the Eclipse
112
Pick the Right Telescope for the Eclipse
129
Pick the Right Camera for the Eclipse
157
Picking the Right Filters for the Eclipse
163
25 Tips for Photographing the Eclipse
181
Projects for Observing the Sun and the Eclipse
195
Get to the Center Line
222
Start Planning for Eclipse Day
229
Appendix D EclipseRelated Timeline 20162017
326
Appendix E Telescopes 101
327
Appendix F 30 Cool Facts About the Moon
339
Appendix G 30 Cool Facts About the Sun
344
Appendix H 30 Cool Facts About Earth
349
Appendix I Take a Break with an Eclipse WordFinder Puzzle
353
Appendix J A Collection of Postage Stamps Featuring Past Eclipses
355
Appendix K A Complete StatebyState List of Locations on the Centerline
377
A First Look
387
Index
392
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About the author (2016)

Michael E. Bakich is a Senior Editor and Photo Editor for Astronomy magazine. He earned a B.S. in Astronomy from the Ohio State University and an M.A. in Planetarium Education from Michigan State University, and has written and produced dozens of planetarium programs. He serves on the American Astronomical Society Steering Committee for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Previously Springer published his book 1,001 Celestial Wonders to See Before You Die (2010).

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