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2012 & 2013 Solar Eclipses with the Transit of Venus 2012

2012 & 2013 Solar Eclipses with the Transit of Venus 2012

Paperback Total Solar Eclipse

By (author) Sheridan Williams

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 15mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 3 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841623660
  • ISBN 13: 9781841623665
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,061,878

Product description

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, fully blocking out the Sun. A surprisingly moving experience, some viewers feel unrestrained joy at the sight of totality, others feel an equally powerful sense of desolation. In 2012, a total eclipse starts in Australia's Northern Territory and crosses Queensland before disappearing over the Pacific, while June sees the extremely rare transit of Venus, where the planet can be seen moving across the face of the Sun, and is at least partly visible from several regions of the world. Depending on your location, during the hybrid (annual-total) eclipse of November 2013 you may see the Sun totally eclipsed by the Moon. Locations within totality include the central and eastern Atlantic Ocean, Gabon, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Experience this celestial moment and by doing so join the elite, 200-year-old 'eclipse-chasers' club. Packed with maps, weather conditions, photography tips, health and safety, this invaluable guide has everything to help you make the most out of this spectacular natural event.

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Author information

Sheridan Williams is an ex-rocket scientist and built his own telescope in 1966 and has since seen thirteen total eclipses and two annular eclipse. He is the Director of the Computing Section of the British Astronomical Association and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He regularly lectures on astronomy. In addition he is a volunteer at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

Review quote

'The essential guide for all eclipse chasers ...' National Geographic Traveller 'UK eclipse-chasers heading to Australia for November's total solar eclipse now have the perfect companion for the long-haul flight ... a valuable guide ..' Sky at Night

Table of contents

(1) Introduction (2) Chapter 1 Total Solar Eclipses Explanations, Eclipses in history (3) Chapter 2 The Total Solar Eclipse of 13/14 November 2012 Where it goes, The climatology of the 2012 eclipse track, Top end and far north travel, Summary (4) Chapter 3 The Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 3 November Hybrid eclipses, Where it goes, The climatology of the 2013 eclipse track (5) Chapter 4 Annular Eclipses Introduction, The annular solar eclipse 20/21 May 2012, The annular solar eclipse of 10 May 2013 (6) Chapter 5 The Venus Transit of 6 June 2012 Introduction, Where it can be seen (7) Chapter 6 Planning, Preparation and Photography Health and safety, What to take, Photography (8) Chapter 7 Conclusion (9) Chapter 8 Further Information Books, DVDs and videos, Internet, Maps