With all the interest in August’s sky spectacular, it’s no surprise that you can find lots of great information about solar eclipses. Here are some favorite resources chosen by the editors of Sky & Telescope magazine:

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Books About Eclipses

In the Shadow of the Moon: The Science, Magic, and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony Aveni (Yale Univ. Press, 2017, 328 pages)

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren (Basic Books, 2016, 264 pages)

Total Addiction: The Life of an Eclipse Chaser by Kate Russo (Copernicus, 2012, 208 pages)

Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024 by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak (Oxford Univ. Press, 2017, 288 pages)

Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by Michael Bakich (Springer, 2016, 395 pages)


Detailed Guides to the 2017 Eclipse

Atlas of the Great American Eclipse by Michael Zeiler (2017, 52 pages, available from greatamericaneclipse.com)

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson (2015, 156 pages, available from shopatsky.com)

Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 by Fred Espenak (2015, 50 pages, available from shopatsky.com)


Simple Guides to the 2017 Eclipse

Eclipses Illustrated by Jay Ryan (graphic-oriented eBook series, available via americaneclipseusa.com)

Get Eclipsed: The Complete Guide to the American Eclipse by Pat and Fred Espenak (32 pages, includes viewing glasses, available from astropixels.com)

All-American Total Solar Eclipse by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz (8-page PDF, available here)

See the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 by Michael Zeiler (44 pages, includes viewing glasses, available from greatamericaneclipse.com)


Books for Kids & Families

The Big Eclipse and The Big Eclipse Activity Book by Nancy Coffelt (2016, 16 and 24 pages, available from orbitoregon.org)

Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip by Patricia Totten Espenak (2015, 50 pages, available from astropixels.com)

When The Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz (2017, 36 pages, available from store.nsta.org)


Websites About Eclipses (including 2017)

aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/Eclipse2017.php U.S. Naval Observatory website generates predictions for your location

eclipse.aas.org comprehensive resource for all aspects of the August 2017 solar eclipse; includes interactive guide to eclipse-related events across the U.S.

eclipse2017.nasa.gov in-depth resource for the August 2017 solar eclipse, with emphasis on NASA activities

eclipses.info website of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses

eclipsewise.com vast listings of tabulations and maps for solar (and lunar) eclipses from 1900 to 2100

eclipse2017.org website of eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun; specific pages for towns within the totality's path

greatamericaneclipse.com extensive collection of detailed maps for 2017, along with historical eclipse records

marketplace.skyandtelescope.com classified astro-related listings; includes dozens of eclipse-viewing lodging offers and venues

skyandtelescope.com/2017-eclipse articles about how to observe and record eclipses with links to many other sites

totalsolareclipse.org solar astronomer Jay Pasachoff's website about past and current eclipses

xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/Solar_Eclipses.html interactive Google-based maps of past and future solar eclipses that provide specifics for any location


Videos About Eclipses (Including 2017)

Solar Eclipse 2010 July 11 Easter Island (National Geographic documentary, five parts, youtu.be/Vc0UpnGaMvg)

Still Hooked 20-minute film by eclipse chaser David Makepeace to convince you to see totality, vimeo.com/214773716

eclipse2017.nasa.gov/video-gallery extensive collection of eclipse animations, interviews, and live eclipse-day coverage


Weather Statistics & Forecasts

eclipsophile.com Canadian meteorologist Jay Anderson’s comprehensive analysis of eclipse-day weather prospects and other logistics

spotwx.com easy-to-use interactive website that provides weather predictions for your location

www.goes.noaa.gov real-time satellite imagery from NOAA satellites


Eclipse Photography

How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse: A Guide to Capturing the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun by Alan Dyer (2017, 290-page eBook, available for download from amazingsky.com)

mreclipse.com/SEphoto/SEphoto.html helpful, time-tested advice and detailed tables for taking solar-eclipse photos


Safe-Viewing Guides

eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety and eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety information using about handheld viewers, projection techniques, and filters for optics

eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters reputable sources of solar filters for handheld use and for telescopes, binoculars, and cameras


Educator Resources

Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses and More by Dennis Schatz and Andrew Fraknoi (NSTA Press, 2016, 260 pages)

Getting Ready for the All American Eclipse: An NGSS Storyline Approach to Classroom Instruction by Brian Kruse (2016, available from astrosociety.org)


Información en Español

https://is.gd/seguridad_en_espanol Como Ver el Eclipse Solar del 2017 con Seguridad (viewing the solar eclipse safely)

youtube.com/watch?v=1jdDnJ8fZoc La Experiencia de Ver un Eclipse Total de Sol (the eclipse experience)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i80Otoxq28o En Camino al Eclipse Total de Sol del 2017 (where 2017’s eclipse will be seen)

https://is.gd/poster1_en_espanol and https://is.gd/poster2_en_espanol (two posters describing 2017’s solar eclipse)


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