- Series: The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series
- Paperback: 395 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition (June 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3319276301
- ISBN-13: 978-3319276304
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (The Patrick Moore Practical Astronomy Series) 1st ed. 2016 Edition
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“Bakich, a senior editor of Astronomy magazine, describes the underlying science, as well as the cultural aspects of eclipses. He provides guidelines for safe observing, choosing equipment … and ideas for activities beyond just enjoying the aesthetic experience. … High quality paper and copious illustrations and photographs greatly enhance this guide, as do the appendixes and index. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.” (M.-K. Hemenway, Choice, Vol. 54 (5), January, 2017)
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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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Perusing the table of contents of this book reveals his encyclopedic knowledge of eclipses and how to view them. From a useful glossary of eclipse terms, to detailed maps of locations and “hot spots”, to safety instructions, nothing has been left out. Of real interest are the chapters on picking the right equipment and camera. I know I will want to record the eclipse, and these chapters really helped clear up this mystery.
My favorite chapter is “Eclipse in History”. Even though the upcoming eclipse of 2017 will be witnessed by an incredible number of people, there have been many others in the past that have astounded viewers. As Bakich points out, an eclipse even helped end a battle and a war in 585 BC.
As with these past events, there will be many eclipses in the future. This book may have been written for a specific eclipse, but it will long serve as an outstanding guide for the future. If you are hesitating over the price, DON’T! Like many, you may develop the itch to see more of these celestial dramas in the future. If so, you need this book by your side.