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American Eclipse : a Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World / David Baron

Documents the efforts of three scientists to observe the rare total solar eclipse of 1878, citing how the ambitions of James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell, and Thomas Edison helped America's early pursuits as a scientific superpower. (Baker and Taylor)

 

Eclipse : Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon / by Frank Close

Looks at the science of eclipses, reveals their role in culture, and focuses on people who travel around the world chasing these events. (Baker and Taylor)

 

In the Shadow of the Moon : the Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses / Anthony Aveni

In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display. (Yale University)

 

Mask of the Sun : the Science, History, and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses / John Dvorak

An astronomer explores the ways eclipses have shaped the course of human history, from the ancient Chinese who recorded their occurrences on turtle shells and the Mayan “Dresden Codex,” to appearances in literature and historic events, up through modern times. (Atlas Pub.)

 

Sun Moon Earth : the History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets / Tyler Nordgren

Ahead of the first total eclipse of the sun in 40 years, which will take place on August 21, 2017, an astronomer describes how solar eclipses were treated and interpreted by past civilizations, philosophers and Victorian scientists. (Atlas Pub.)

 

Totality : the Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 / Mark Littmann

Totality: The Great American Eclipses is a complete guide to the most stunning of celestial sights, total eclipses of the Sun. It focuses on the eclipses of August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024 that pass across the United States. The U.S. mainland has not experienced a total solar eclipse since 1979. This book provides information, photographs, and illustrations to help the public understand and safely enjoy all aspects of these eclipses including how to observe a total eclipse of the Sun, how to photograph and video record an eclipse, why solar eclipses happen, and more. (Oxford University Press)

 

Other astronomy-related titles:

 

Astronomy for Dummies / Stephen P. Maran

Newly revised and updated with star maps, charts and full-color photos, an easy-to-follow introduction to exploring the night sky takes readers on a grand tour of the universe. (Atlas Pub.)

 

Complete guide to stargazing  / Robin Scagell

All the information you need to explore the northern and southern night skies. (Firefly Pub.)

 

The total skywatcher’s manual / 275+ skills and tricks for exploring stars, planets & beyond / Linda Shore, David Prosper & Vivian White of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

For stargazers, comet-spotters and planet-seekers looking to enhance your deep sky knowledge and observations - this is your quintessential guide.The Total Skywatcher’s Manual will help you choose the best telescope, identify constellations and objects in the night sky, search for extraterrestrial phenomena, plan star parties, capture beautiful space imagery and much more. (Simon & Schuster)

 

The vacation guide to the solar system / science for the savvy space traveler! / Olivia Koski and Jana Grcevich ; art by Steve Thomas.

Presents a guide to the Moon, the eight planets, and the dwarf planet Pluto, describing their terrain, climate, year length, average temperature, and important land formations on the surface of each. (Baker & Taylor)

 

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