Total Eclipses

Science, Observations, Myths and Legends

Pierre Guillermier and Serge Koutchmy

Total Eclipses The spectacle of a total eclipse of the Sun is awe-inspiring. An extraordinary natural coincidence means that, although the Moon’s diameter is 400 times less than that of the Sun, the Moon is 400 times nearer to us, and can therefore briefly cover the Sun. At any place on the Earth, this phenomenon occurs on average every 370 years. The main aim of this book is to inspire the reader to witness forthcoming eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Lively and easy to understand, Total Eclipses presents first of all the myths and legends associated with eclipses through the ages, then the mechanisms governing these events, their beauty, and the wealth of information gleaned from them by science.

Pierre Guillermier is a nuclear physicist. He has been deeply interested in astrophysics since the age of twenty, and is an amateur astrophotographer. He has travelled widely in search of clear skies for lunar and solar photography and observation.

Serge Koutchmy is an astrophysicist at the Paris Astrophysics Institute-CNRS. He specialises in solar work, and was at Sacramento Peak Observatory in the USA for four years. He has witnessed more than a dozen total eclipses, and took part in the well-known Concorde 001 observation. He is at present associated with several space missions.

Translated by Bob Mizon

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Extent: xxviii + 246 pages; 150 illustrations, including coloured frontispiece and an 8-page colour-plate section
Binding: hardback
Publication Date: July 1999
ISBN: 978-1-85233-160-3



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