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Best Books to Prepare for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
To prepare for the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States on Aug. 21, 2017, Space.com has been reading up. Here is our selection of books that will illuminate the history of the celestial events, teach you about the science that's done while the sky is dark, and help you take full advantage of the rare event.
Plus, we'll give you our picks for the best books for younger and middle-school-age kids. These titles are great at teaching kids about the sky and explaining how to watch the eclipse. [Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)]
"Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024" (Oxford University Press, 2017), by Mark Littmann and Fred EspenakSlide 2 of 17
"Totality: The Great American Eclipses of 2017 and 2024" (Oxford University Press, 2017), by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak
From Mark Littmann and "Mr. Eclipse" himself, eclipse-hunter Fred Espenak, comes an updated version of "Totality," which details the history of eclipses and eclipse science, as well as provides helpful tips on how to view, photograph and fully appreciate the spectacle. The updates give specific details on both the Aug. 21, 2017, eclipse and the one in 2024 that will be visible to some people in the United States.
The book also features interludes of eclipse chasers and enthusiasts describing their experiences with particular eclipses. It also includes an introduction by astronomy blogger Phil Plait, who has never seen an eclipse but now feels prepared both logistically and emotionally for the event, he wrote.
READ IF YOU … want a broad but detailed overview of eclipse science and history, and if you want to know what to expect and how to take advantage of the upcoming eclipse.Slide 3 of 17
"See The Great American Eclipse" (Great American Eclipse LLC, 2016), by Michael ZeilerSlide 4 of 17
"See The Great American Eclipse" (Great American Eclipse LLC, 2016), by Michael Zeiler
This staple-bound booklet may be short, but it's packed with a lot of the information you'll need to enjoy the Aug. 21 eclipse. For example, you'll get two free pairs of eclipse-viewing glasses and maps showing different parts of the path of totality in detail, to see when and where the eclipse will happen in each location. "See The Great American Eclipse" is an ideal travel companion for the big event.
READ IF YOU … want something light to bring along on your eclipse-watching journey with everything you need, plus an extra pair of glasses to introduce the eclipse to someone you know or make a new friend.
And for those who want a fuller view, Zeiler (who hosts the website GreatAmericanEclipse.com) also offers a 52-page atlas with comprehensive full-color maps of the Aug. 21 eclipse, plus maps for the 2024 eclipse and others coming up around the world.Slide 5 of 17
"Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse" (Springer, 2016), by Michael BakichSlide 6 of 17
"Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse" (Springer, 2016), by Michael Bakich
Astronomy Magazine editor Michael Bakich takes readers through the key details of how to safely view and experience the eclipse in "Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse." The book also includes detailed weather forecasts for the areas in the path of totality and other tips for being a part of the "most-viewed sky event in history," the book says. [Best Space Books and Sci-Fi: A Space.com Reading List
READ IF YOU … want a detailed guide to what's going to happen in August and how to prepare.Slide 7 of 17
"American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World" (Liveright, 2017), by David BaronSlide 8 of 17