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Eclipse Resource Guide

A Resource Guide to Exploring Eclipses in General and the August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun

by Andrew Fraknoi (Foothill College)
Version 1.5; Sep. 2016

© copyright 2016 Andrew Fraknoi. All rights reserved. To republish, contact the author at:

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Books about Eclipses in General
A Few Recent Books about the 2017 Eclipse
Articles about Eclipses of the Sun in General
Articles about the 2017 Eclipse
Articles about Eclipses and History
Web Sites about Eclipses in General
Sources of Eclipse Glasses
Interdisciplinary Sites about Eclipses
Websites about the 2017 Eclipse

Books about Eclipses in General

Littmann, Mark, et al. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun, 3rd ed. 2009, Oxford U. Press. Primer on the astronomy and the observation of eclipses, by three experienced astronomy authors.

Nordgren, Tyler Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. 2016, Basic Books.  An engaging history of the lore and science of eclipses, culminating in an explanation of what we will see in the 2017 eclipse.

Harrington, Philip Eclipse: The What, Where, When, Why and How Guide to Watching Solar and Lunar Eclipses. 1999, Wiley. A guide from a veteran amateur astronomer and author.

Mobberley, Martin Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them. 2007, Springer. By an experienced amateur astronomer and prolific observing-guide author.

Brunier, Serge & Luminet, Jean-Pierre Glorious Eclipses: Their Present, Past, and Future. 2000, Cambridge U. Press. Historical and observing guide, translated from the French.

Steele, Duncan Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon that Changed the Course of History. 2001, Joseph Henry Press. Introductory book with quite a bit of history by an astronomer author.

Russo, Kate Total Addiction: The Life of an Eclipse Chaser. 2012, Springer/Copernicus. A psychologist who loves total eclipses describes the thrills and the science behind them.

Reynolds, Michael D. & Sweetsir, Richard A. Observe Eclipses, 2nd ed. 1995, Astronomical League.

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A Few Recent Books about the 2017 Eclipse

Bakich, Michael Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. 2016, Springer. Excellent introductory guide to eclipse science, viewing, and travel by one of the editors of Astronomy  magazine. A good place for beginners to start.

Espenak, Fred & Anderson, Jay Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21. 2015, Astropixels. A definitive guide for serious eclipse chasers to the eclipse circumstances and weather prediction from NASA’s “Mr. Eclipse.” Available at:

Espenak, Fred Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017. 2015, Astropixels. Detailed road maps for locations within the total eclipse path.

Schatz, Dennis & Fraknoi, Andrew Solar Science: Exploring Sunspots, Seasons, Eclipses and More. 2016, National Science Teachers Association. A book of activities and information for teachers, museum and nature center educators, and those who work with them. Includes an insert all about the 2017 eclipse and a pair of safe-viewing glasses. For excerpts, see:

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Articles about Eclipses of the Sun in General

Bakich, M. “Your Twenty-Year Solar Eclipse Planner” in Astronomy, Oct. 2008, p. 74.  Describes the circumstances of upcoming total eclipses of the Sun.

Beldea, C. & Cali, J. “Chasing Totality from the Stratosphere” in Sky & Telescope, Oct. 2013, p. 66.  Observing using a balloon in 2011.

Pasachoff, J. “Solar Eclipse Science: Still Going Strong” in Sky & Telescope, Feb. 2001, p. 40. On what we have learned and are still learning from eclipses.

Regas, Dean “The Quest for Totality” in Sky & Telescope, July 2012, p. 36.  On eclipse chasing as a hobby.

Zeiler, Michael “The Evolving Eclipse Map” in Sky & Telescope, Nov. 2012, p. 34.  On the history and current state of making a map of where the path of an eclipse will cross the Earth.

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Articles about the 2017 Eclipse

Bakich, M. “The First Look at the 2017 Total Eclipse” in Astronomy, June 2015, p. 54. (See also his 25 tips for eclipse observing in his “Plan Now for the 2017 Eclipse” in Astronomy, Mar. 2016, p. 54.)

Bakich, M. “Solar Eclipse 2017” in Astronomy, Aug. 2016, p. 56. Short pieces of specific hints for how best to enjoy the 2017 eclipse.

Espenak, F. & Anderson, J. “Get Ready for America’s Coast to Coast Experience” in Sky & Telescope, Feb. 2016, p. 22. (Available as a PDF file at:

Penn, M. “Citizen CATE: Wanted, 90 Minutes of Totality, in Sky & Telescope, Feb. 2016, p. 29. On a citizen science experiment to observe the eclipse at regular intervals.

Bruns, D. “A Do-It Yourself Relativity Test” in Sky & Telescope, Aug. 2016, p. 32. How to replicate the 1919 eclipse experiment that confirmed the prediction of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity during the 2017 eclipse.

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Articles about Eclipses and History

Olson, D. “Columbus and an Eclipse of the Moon” in Sky & Telescope, Oct. 1992, p. 437.

Schaefer, B. “Lunar Eclipses That Changed the World” in Sky & Telescope, Dec. 1992, p. 639.

Schaefer, B. “Solar Eclipses That Changed the World” in Sky & Telescope, May 1994, p. 36.

Sheehan, W. “The Great American Eclipse of the 19th Century” in Sky & Telescope, Aug. 2016, p. 36. About the 1878 eclipse that crossed the western U.S. and the much more hazardous tourist travel in those days.

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Web Sites about Eclipses in General

Mr. Eclipse: (NASA Astronomer Fred Espenak has earned the nickname Mr. Eclipse for his tireless work calculating and explaining eclipses through the years; this site includes lots of introductory and explanatory material on eclipses in general and specific eclipses that are coming up. See also his newer site EclipseWise: )

NASA’s Eclipse Web Site: (this is THE site for reliable information on eclipse paths and circumstances in the past and the future; the site is a bit technical, so beginners should start with the Mr. Eclipse or EclipseWise site above)

Hermit Eclipse: (a site by an amateur with a lot of information on how eclipses work, when future or past eclipses take place, maps, etc.)

Eclipsophile: Weather Predictions for Upcoming Eclipses by Jay Anderson: (who has studied eclipse weather patterns in detail):

World Map of Upcoming Eclipse (nice graphic summary):

International Astronomical Union Working Group on Solar Eclipses (maintained by Jay Pasachoff; with links to many sources of information):

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Sources of Eclipse Glasses

Rainbow Symphony:

American Paper Optics:

Thousand Oaks Optical:

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Interdisciplinary Sites about Eclipses

Eclipse Quotations:

Eclipse Stamps:

Fifteen Movies that Feature Eclipses:

The Sun-Eating Dragon: Eclipse Stories, Myths, and Legends by Noel Wanner:

Beautiful Tourist Posters for Eclipse Destinations (by Tyler Nordgren):

“The Eclipse” by James Fenimore Cooper:

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Websites about the 2017 Eclipse:

General Sites:

Introduction for beginners to the 2017 Eclipse by Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz (from the book Solar Science from the National Science Teachers Association):

Eclipse2017 Site (by eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun):

The Great American Eclipse Site (by mapmaker Michael Zeiler and Polly White):

NASA’s Total Eclipse Aug. 21 2017 Site for the Public: (this rich site is full of information, maps, activities around the country, and much more)

NASA Goddard Eclipse 2017 Page by Fred Espenak (for specialists):

Visualizations for the 2017 Eclipse from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (by Ernie Wright):

Astronomy Magazine’s 2017 Eclipse Information:

Sky & Telescope Magazine’s 2017 Eclipse Information:

U.S. Naval Observatory Eclipse 2017 Page and Calculator:

Eclipse Chasers 2017 Page (by enthusiast Bill Kramer):

Early-look Weather Predictions by Jay Anderson:

Tips for Observers by Michael Bakich (Astronomy Magazine):

The 2017 Eclipse for Librarians: (join the NASA-supported STARNet Libraries project and learn how to get information and glasses for doing eclipse events at your library)


Google Map with Solar Eclipse Path by Fred Espenak:

Google Map with Solar Eclipse Path by Xavier Jubier:

Eclipse Maps for 2017 by Michael Zeiler:

NASA’s Eyes on the 2017 Eclipse: (a downloadable app that can show you what the eclipse will look like in the sky from any location; the team is continuing to develop this app, so check back for updates)

Citizen Science Sites:

Eclipse Megamovie: With support from Google and others, this team will stitch together many images from the path of totality in real time to produce a remarkable movie of the Sun as it crosses the U.S.

Citizen CATE: This project will use standardized telescope set-ups along the path to study the details of the Sun’s atmosphere. (See article at:

Solar Eclipse 2017: Life Responds: Asks eclipse observers to note and report the behavior of animals during the phases of the eclipse.

Eclipse Videos:

NASA Eclipse Video Gallery:

Instructional Videos from the Exploratorium:

Database of Eclipse Videos (documentaries and dramatic films):

Episode of NASA Edge on eclipses and the 2017 eclipse (30 min):

Brief Animation of the path of the 2017 eclipse across the U.S. (1 min): (a slightly longer narrated version:

How to View the 2017 Eclipse (good instructions for safe viewing; 5 min):

Eclipse Conferences and Workshops:

Engage Every Child in the 2017 Solar Eclipse: Working Together with Diverse and Underserved Communities Across America. ASP 128th Annual Meeting:

Virtual Conference for Educators (about preparing for the eclipse):

American Astronomical Society Workshops for Those Doing Eclipse Outreach:

A Few Specific Destinations and Trips for the 2017 Eclipse:

Astronomical League 2017 Convention in Wyoming along the eclipse path:

Kentucky’s Solar Eclipse (touting Hopkinsville):

Eclipse Tour at Jackson Lake Lodge (led by Doug Duncan, University of Colorado):

Eclipse Tour led by Jay Pasachoff of Williams College:

Astro Trails Eclipse Expeditions:

Sky & Telescope magazine eclipse trip to Nashville:

Astronomy magazine eclipse trips:

MWT Eclipse Tours:

Front Page Science Observing Party in St. Joseph, MO:

Wyoming Stargazing (Grand Tetons, Jackson Hole):

Southern Illinois University (Carbondale):

Solar Eclipse Escape (with Pamela Gay and Frasier Cain in St. Louis):

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