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David Levy's guide to eclipses, transits, and occultations /

Levy, David H. 1948-

Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press 2010

Available at Engineering Library  Stacks  (QB175 .L48 2010 )()

  • Title:
    David Levy's guide to eclipses, transits, and occultations /
  • Author: Levy, David H. 1948-
  • Subjects: Eclipses; Transits; Occultations; Astronomy -- Technique; Physical sciences; Space sciences; Spherical astronomy; Eclipses; Transits; Astronomy; Occultations; Spherical astronomy; Occultations
  • Description: Machine generated contents note: Introduction; Part I. The Magic and History of Eclipses: 1. Shakespeare, King Lear, and the Great Eclipse of 1605; 2. Three centuries later: Einstein, relativity, and the solar eclipse of 1919; 3. What causes solar and lunar eclipses; Part II. Observing Solar Eclipses: 4. Safety considerations; 5. What to expect during a partial eclipse; 6. Annular eclipses and what to see in them; 7. Total eclipse of the Sun: introduction to the magic; 8. The onset: temperature drop, Baily's Beads, Diamond Ring; 9. Totality: Corona, Prominences, Chromosphere, and surrounding area; 10. Photographing and imaging a solar eclipse; Part III. Observing Lunar Eclipses: 11. Don't forget the penumbral eclipses!; 12. Partial lunar eclipses; 13. Total lunar eclipses; 14. Photographing and imaging lunar eclipses; Part IV. Occultations: 15. When the Moon occults a star; Part V. Transits: 16. When planets cross the Sun; Part VI. My Favorite Eclipses: 17. A personal canon of eclipses, occultations, and transits I have seen; Appendices; Index.
    "In this simple guide, David Levy inspires readers to experience the wonder of eclipses and other transient astronomical events for themselves. Covering both solar and lunar eclipses, he gives step-by-step instructions on how to observe and photograph eclipses. As well as explaining the science behind eclipses, the book also gives their historical background, discussing how they were observed in the past and what we have learned from them. This personal account contains examples from the 77 eclipses the author has witnessed himself. The guide also includes chapters on occultations of stars and planets by the Moon and of asteroids by stars, and the transits of Mercury and Venus. Tables of future eclipses make this invaluable for anyone, from beginners to practised observers, wanting to learn more about these fascinating events"--
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press
  • Creation Date: 2010
  • Type: Book
  • Format: vi, 177 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Additional title: Guide to eclipses, transits, and occultations
  • Identifier: ISBN: 9780521165518;ISBN: 0521165512
  • Source: 01IOWA ALMA
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    01IOWA ALMA21433763200002771

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