Eclipse 2017

solar eclipse

Corona of the sun. Photograph taken on the Lick Observatory expedition to Chile to record the total solar eclipse of April 16, 1893.

 

The solar eclipse this Monday in Chicago will be a partial eclipse.   Starting at 11:54 AM, it will be at its peak just before 1:20 PM, at which point the the moon will cover 86.6 percent of the sun.

University of Chicago and Solar Eclipses

University of Chicago astronomers have made many expeditions over the years to view solar eclipses in the United States and all over the world.  View images from some of these expeditions in the Library’s Archival Photofiles.

Books on Solar Eclipses at the Library

Totality by Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak: A complete guide to eclipses past, present and future

In the Shadow of the Moon: the Science, Magic and Mystery of Solar Eclipses by Anthony Aveni:  This book provides an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of solar eclipses.

Eclipse:  Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close: In this book, popular scientist Frank Close explains why eclipses happen and talks about their role in history, literature and myth.

Total Addiction to the Life of An Eclipse Chaser by Kate Russo. For many seeing a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This book profiles people who dedicate their lives to chasing eclipses.

Expert Websites

Adler Planetarium Eclipse Site:  Includes information on local viewing options.

Nasa’s Eclipse Site

American Astronomical Association Eclipse Site

 

 

 

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