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Eclipses 2005 – 2017

A Handbook of Solar and Lunar Eclipses and Other Rare Astronomical Events

Wolfgang Held

224 pp.  
6 1/2" x 5 7/8"

Floris Books


Published:  March 2005


Solar eclipses are indeed awe-inspiring spectacles if you can watch from the ideal location—in the path of a total event. Being in the right place at the right time, however, may be difficult. Here is the long-awaited handbook for both serious and amateur eclipse viewers.

Wolfgang Held, director of the Kepler Observatory, provides intricately detailed information on the best places to see the many solar and lunar eclipses that will be visible during the next twelve years, from 2005 until 2017. Easy-to-follow, high-quality maps are included, which are especially useful when the ideal spot for viewing is in a remote area.

The author also offers interesting and practical answers to question about the relationships between human beings and the Sun and Moon, thus opening up the reflective dimension of these phenomena. He provides comprehensive background information for each eclipse and hundreds of useful tips on how to make the most of these brief, awe-inspiring phenomena.

Anyone interested in eclipses will want this practical handbook. Eclipses 2005 – 2017 is bundled with safety glasses to protect the eyes during solar eclipses.

  • “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, July–September

    “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 guidebook 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, April 2006

Table of Contents

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

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