Mask of the Sun

Mask of the Sun

The Science, History, and Forgotten Lore of Eclipses

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Eclipses have stunned, frightened, emboldened and mesmerized people for thousands of years. They have been thought of as harbingers of evil as well as a sign of the divine. An amazing phenomena unique to Earth, they have provided the key to much of what we now know and understand about the sun, our moon, gravity, and the workings of the universe. Dvorak provides explanations as to how and why eclipses occur-- as well as insight into the forthcoming eclipse of 2017 that will be visible across North America.
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books Ltd., [2017]
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781681773308
1681773309
Branch Call Number: 523.78 D988m 2017
Characteristics: xxvii, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

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From this book, you'll learn the background of solar eclipses; and also, if you miss the 2017 eclipse, mark your calendar for 2024 and 2045 when two more will cover large swaths of the country.


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Sep 06, 2017

This is the eclipse book for someone who prefers detail and research to storytelling. Dvorak starts each chapter with a specific look into the eclipse, but is able to expand that one chapter to include history, folklore, and science. While looking up at the skies can seem like a very personal experience, Dvorak's writing tells us that people have always been looking at the skies. While our reasons may be different, we're all still looking up.

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