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Eclipses of the Sun and Moon

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

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Solar Eclipse Total Solar Eclipse Lunar Eclipse Total Eclipse Partial Eclipse 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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