on 25 October 2007
I have been interested in eclipses for quite some time now. I have many titles relating to eclipses but this book has to be one of my favourites. This is a large-format book which makes the photographs and diagrams look really vivid. I particulary like the drawing made by E.L. Trouvelot during the 1878 total eclipse which shows very fine structures in the solar corona, it almost makes you think it's a real photo. The history and mythology of eclipses I find is really interesting. The science of eclipses are revealed in this book i.e. the general theory of relativity, the discovery of helium in the spectroscope during an eclipse and many others. There's a chapter devoted to the eclipse of 11th august 1999 for those who want to keep a record of that great eclipse or for those who wanted to see it or missed it. There's also chapter for future eclipses of the sun until 2060 and total eclipses of the moon until 2020. overall, this is a stunning book with great information, beautiful photographs, diagrams and the excellent description of the journey of an eclipse-chaser. A highly recommended book. 5 STARS.