Bibliographic Details

In the shadow of the moon : the science, magic, and mystery of solar eclipses / Anthony Aveni.

Author / Creator Aveni, Anthony F., author.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
Description 1 online resource.
Language English
Subject Solar eclipses.
Format E-Resource, Book
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ISBN 9780300227574 (electronic bk.)
0300227574 (electronic bk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-298) and index.
Description based on print version record.
Other form Original 9780300223194 0300223196
Review by Choice Review

North America is entering a special era for solar eclipses: one crosses the entire US (from coast to coast) this year and another (from Texas to the Great Lakes) will happen in 2024. In preparation for these events, In the Shadow of the Moon is a comprehensive guide for a general audience, including young adults, to this magnificent phenomenon. With an engaging, conversational style that draws readers in, Aveni (Colgate Univ.), who has personally observed eight solar eclipses, reviews how ancient societies around the world came to predict such eclipses, describes the mechanism behind their perpetual occurrence, provides riveting stories on many of today's eclipse chasers, and tells readers what eclipses are good for (i.e., providing more accurate data on the sun's diameter and its corona). A longtime archaeoastronomer, the author also uniquely shows how various cultures' reactions to solar eclipses shed light on their world views. Aveni writes, "Seeing an eclipse leaves you breathless even if you know what's going on." This book will make readers who cannot travel to an upcoming eclipse's path feel as though they are right there. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Marcia Bartusiak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
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