Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon by Frank Close

Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon

byFrank Close

Hardcover | February 17, 2017

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On 21 August 2017, over 100 million people will gather in a narrow belt across the USA to witness the most watched total solar eclipse in history. Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon, written by the widely read popular science author Frank Close, describes the spellbinding allureof this most beautiful natural phenomenon. The book explains why eclipses happen, reveals their role in history, literature and myth, and focuses on eclipse chasers, who travel with ecstatic fervour to some of the most inaccessible places on the globe to be present at the moment of totality. Thebook includes the author's quest to solve a 3000 years old mystery: how did the moon move backwards during a total solar eclipse, as claimed in the Book of Joshua?It is an inspirational tale: how a teacher and an eclipse inspired the author, aged eight, to a life in science, and a love affair with eclipses, which takes him to a war zone in the Western Sahara, to the South Pacific and the African bush. The tale comes full circle with another eight-year old boy- the author's grandson - at the 2017 great American eclipse. Readers of all ages will be drawn to this inspirational chronicle of the mesmerizing experience of total solar eclipse.

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Frank Close is an eminent research theoretical physicist in nuclear and particle physics. Currently Professor of Physics at Oxford University and a Fellow of Exeter College, he was formerly the Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He served as Chair of the UK Space Exploration Working Group 20...

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Title:Eclipse - Journeys to the Dark Side of the MoonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0 inPublished:February 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198795491

ISBN - 13:9780198795490

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Table of Contents

1. Peterborough 30 June 19542. Waiting for Godot3. Preparation4. Cornwall: 11 August 19995. June 21st is Midwinter's Day6. "Who's arranged this eclipse?"7. Earthshine in the Sahara: Libya 20068. The most remote eclipses9. Atlantic Adventure10. Back to the FutureEpilogue: Everything under the Sun is in Tune