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Astra’s Guide to the Total Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

The Great American Eclipse!

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

Astra's review of the bulletin written by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson

This publication is available in black-and-white for $19.99 or color for $34.99. It’s packed with maps and tables. Author Fred Espenak is an expert on solar and lunar eclipses and maintains NASA's official eclipse website (URL: He is known by the nickname "Mr. Eclipse". Jay Anderson is a meteorologist who has written on the climatology of sites along eclipse tracks since 1978. Together with NASA, these two authors have produced many eclipse bulletins. Their experience is evident in this book

Content covers eclipse predictions, the umbral path, local circumstances (Supported by 30 tables), 21 detailed maps of the umbral path, observing and photographic tips, and climatology along the umbral path. Don't forget to review the section on eye safety.

This publication gives a lot of information pertainent to total solar eclipses in general with explanation of eclipse phases, phenomena, and other eclipse terminoloogy. There is a lot of information on the astronomical maps themselves and complete with good explanations of various types of projections that are used to create them and what the advantages of the various projection methods. Tables describe the local circumstances for 1000 US cities, as well as circumstances for cities in Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

I especially enjoyed the section that contains a travelogue along the umbral path that was undertaken a few years previously by Jay Anderson and Stan Runge. Full references and even an eclipse marketplace round out the publication. If you are an eclipse lover as I am the color copy will make an excellent keepsake of the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

- - Dawn Jenkins, April 2017

Extras: "Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21" - by Fred Espanak

Mr. Espenak has made additional tables, information, and errata available for Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 on the Eclipewise website

This book makes a great keepsake for the August 21, 2017 eclipse. Don't just take Astra's word for it if you are still unsure. Read these other reviews:

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 - by provides links to publications by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson as well as a few other resources

Review of Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 - at the Great American Eclipse site written by Joe Rao

Check - To find out what people are saying about the Eclipse Bulletin. Here you may also find a link and information pertaining to Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse by Michael E. Bakich .

Also available: Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017- by Fred Espenak

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