Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
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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The Path of the 2017 Eclipse
The Saros Cycle
Solar Eclipses Throughout History
How to Observe the Sun Safely
Ten Ways NOT to Observe the Sun
What Do You Really Have to Know?
What to Bring to the Eclipse
Community Eclipse Planning
Detailed Weather Predictions Along the Center Line
20 Hot Spots for Viewing the Eclipse
Appendix A Resource list
Appendix B A Calendar of Every Total Solar Eclipse Since the Year 1
Appendix C Upcoming Total Solar Eclipses Through 2030
How to Rehearse for the Eclipse
What Will You See Around the Sun During Totality?
How Will the Sun Appear During Totality?
Earthly Effects to Look for During the Eclipse
Pick the Right Binoculars for the Eclipse
Pick the Right Telescope for the Eclipse
Pick the Right Camera for the Eclipse
Picking the Right Filters for the Eclipse
25 Tips for Photographing the Eclipse
Projects for Observing the Sun and the Eclipse
Get to the Center Line
Start Planning for Eclipse Day
Appendix D EclipseRelated Timeline 20162017
Appendix E Telescopes 101
Appendix F 30 Cool Facts About the Moon
Appendix G 30 Cool Facts About the Sun
Appendix H 30 Cool Facts About Earth
Appendix I Take a Break with an Eclipse WordFinder Puzzle
Appendix J A Collection of Postage Stamps Featuring Past Eclipses
Appendix K A Complete StatebyState List of Locations on the Centerline
A First Look
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