Eclipses of the Sun and Moon

  • Francis Reddy
Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)


Ask eclipse expert Fred Espenak why it’s important to see a total solar eclipse sometime in your life, and he’ll tell you in no uncertain terms: “It’s simply the most spectacular astronomical event that you can witness firsthand with the naked eye, bar none,” he said. “There’s nothing else that compares to it, and it’s next to impossible to try to explain what the experience is like to somebody who hasn’t seen one.” Having observed more than 20 of them, he ought to know. Although officially retired from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, Espenak still maintains an office and continues to update his NASA web site, publish detailed bulletins for upcoming eclipses and, of course, travel to re-experience the unique, fleeting moments of totality.


Solar Eclipse Total Solar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse Total Eclipse Partial Eclipse 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Brunier S, Luminet J (2000) Glorious eclipses: Their past, present and future. Storm Dunlop, (trans). Cambridge University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  2. Clark RW (1971) Einstein: The life and times. World Publishing Co., New YorkGoogle Scholar
  3. Conot R (1979) Thomas A. Edison: A streak of luck. Da Capo Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  4. Cooper J F (1869) The eclipse. Putnam’s Mon. Mag. 21 (n.s. 4), Sept., 352–359. Accessed 18 Nov. 2010
  5. Crelinsten J (2006) Einstein’s Jury: The race to test relativity. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New JerseyzbMATHGoogle Scholar
  6. Dyer FL, Martin TC (1910) Edison, his life and inventions, vol. 1. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York Accessed 18 Nov. 2010
  7. Eddy JA (1973) The great eclipse of 1878. Sky Telesc. June, 340–346Google Scholar
  8. Espenak F Five millennium catalog of lunar eclipses. Accessed 18 Nov. 2010
  9. Espenak F Six millennium catalog of solar eclipses. Accessed 18 Nov. 2010
  10. Espenak F Solar eclipses of saros 124. Accessed 18 Nov. 2010
  11. Espenak F (1987) Fifty year canon of solar eclipses, 1986–2035. NASA Reference Publication 1178 Revised, July 1987. Sky Publishing Corp., Cambridge, MassachusettsGoogle Scholar
  12. Espenak F (1989) Fifty year canon of lunar eclipses, 1986–2035. NASA Reference Publication 1216, March 1989. Sky Publishing Corp., Cambridge, MassachusettsGoogle Scholar
  13. Espenak F (2009) Interview with author, 25 June 2009Google Scholar
  14. Fernie JD (2000) Eclipse vicissitudes: Thomas Edison and the chickens. Am. Sci. 88: 120Google Scholar
  15. French AP (ed.) (1979) Einstein: A centenary volume. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MassachusettsGoogle Scholar
  16. Harrington PS (1997) Eclipse! The what, where, when, why & how guide to watching solar and lunar eclipses. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New YorkGoogle Scholar
  17. Lawrence TE (1997) The seven pillars of wisdom. Wordsworth Editions Limited, HertfordshireGoogle Scholar
  18. Littman M, Wilcox K, Espenak F (1999) Totality: eclipses of the Sun. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  19. Meeus J (1982) The frequency of total and annular solar eclipses for a given place. J. Br. Astron. Assoc. 92: 124–126ADSGoogle Scholar
  20. Kendall PM (ed.) (1896) Maria Mitchell: Life, letters and journals. Lee and Shepard, BostonGoogle Scholar
  21. Peterson S (1999) Mania in the path of an eclipse. Christ. Sci. Monit. 11 AugGoogle Scholar
  22. Schaefer BE (1994) Solar eclipses that changed the world. Sky Telesc. May, 36–39Google Scholar
  23. Schaefer BE (1992) Lunar eclipses that changed the world. Sky Telesc. Dec., 639–642Google Scholar
  24. Stephenson RF (1997) Historical eclipses and Earth’s rotation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, EnglandzbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Yapo TC, Cutler B (2009) Rendering lunar eclipses. Proc. Graphics Interface, May, 63–69. Accessed Nov. 15, 2010
  26. Zirker JB (1984) Total eclipses of the Sun. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Inc., New YorkGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Reddy
    • 1
  1. 1.Syneren Technologies Corp.LanhamUSA

Personalised recommendations