The Solar Eclipse

Posted on July 27, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized |

On Monday August 21st, some of the United States will see a total eclipse of the Sun. An eclipse is when the Moon travels between the Sun and the Earth causing the light of the Sun to be blocked. After this eclipse, the next total eclipse seem from the US will be in 2024.

Chicago will only experience a partial eclipse at 1:19 PM. If you plan to observe the solar eclipse, remember that it will be damaging to the eye to view the eclipse directly. Please use special glasses, not sunglasses, or a pin hole projector

For More information about the August 21st eclipse, check out NASA’s Website. To learn more about eclipses (including the one on August 21st), check out some of these books:

9783319276304_p0_v2_s192x300Your Guide To the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
By Michael E. Bakich

“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” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780198795490_p0_v1_s192x300Eclipse: Journeys To the Dark Side of the Moon
by Frank Close

“The book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and focuses on eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervor to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe to be present at the moment of totality.

The book includes the author’s quest to solve a 3000 years old mystery: how did the moon move backwards during a total solar eclipse, as claimed in the Book of Joshua? It is an inspirational tale: how a teacher and an eclipse inspired the author, aged eight, to a life in science, and a love affair with eclipses, which takes him to a war zone in the Western Sahara, to the South Pacific and the African bush. The tale comes full circle with another eight-year old boy—the author’s grandson—at the 2017 great American eclipse.

Readers of all ages will be drawn to this inspirational chronicle of the mesmerizing experience of total solar eclipse” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9781681773308_p0_v2_s192x300Mask of the Sun: The Science, History, and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses
By John Dvorak

“Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They were recorded on ancient turtle shells discovered in the Wastes of Yin in China, on clay tablets from Mesopotamia and on the Mayan ‘Dresden Codex.’ They are mentioned in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and at least eight times in the Bible. Columbus used them to trick people, while Renaissance painter Taddeo Gaddi was blinded by one. Sorcery was banished within the Catholic Church after astrologers used an eclipse to predict a pope’s death.

In Mask of the Sun, acclaimed writer John Dvorak the importance of the number 177 and why the ancient Romans thought it was bad to have sexual intercourse during an eclipse (whereas other cultures thought it would be good luck). Even today, pregnant women in Mexico wear safety pins on their underwear during an eclipse. Eclipses are an amazing phenomena—unique to Earth—that have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe.

Both entertaining and authoritative, Mask of the Sun reveals the humanism behind the science of both lunar and solar eclipses. With insightful detail and vividly accessible prose, Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur—as well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780465060924_p0_v2_s192x300Sun, Moon, Earth : The History of Solar Eclipses, from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
By Tyler Nordgren

“On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun, Moon, Earth,  astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction.

From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun, Moon, Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses’ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity. Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun, Moon, Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

9780471127956_p0_v3_s192x300Eclipse!: The What, Where, When, Why, and How Guide To Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses
By Philip S. Harrington

“The most complete guide to viewing eclipses—including details on every solar and lunar eclipse through 2017. Want to observe the most fleeting eclipse phenomena, take dramatic photos, and keep a detailed record of the experience? Now you can be prepared. This comprehensive one-stop resource covers everything you need to know about solar and lunar eclipses—why they happen, how to view them, how to photograph them, even when and where they will occur through the year 2017. Here’s where to turn for:
* Detailed explanations of eclipse mechanics and dynamics, viewing techniques, and what to look for, both in the sky and all around you
* Extended discussions of eclipse photography and videography-film selection and developing, filter requirements, special care of equipment, and more
* Intriguing individual and group activities you can carry out during an eclipse to heighten your enjoyment and deepen your understanding of the event
* Detailed maps and discussions on how and where to best view each eclipse, plus travel considerations, likely weather conditions, and equipment recommendations

Whether you’re a backyard astronomer, a dedicated eclipse chaser, or a teacher guiding students through their first eclipse experience, Eclipse! provides the in-depth, detailed, practical information you need to make the most of these thrilling celestial marvels of nature” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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