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Has the August 21 solar eclipse whetted your appetite to learn more about eclipses and astronomy in general? If so, we’ve got some fantastic books for both kids and adults to check out.

Plus, don’t miss the eclipse-related programs at Greene County Public Library.

Books for Adults


American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

By David Baron

The total solar eclipse of July 1878 offered an opportunity to solve some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles. This book documents the story of three late-19th-century scientists—James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison—who braved the wild frontier in a race to the Rocky Mountains to observe the eclipse. Their efforts helped establish the United States as a scientific superpower.


Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon that Changed the Course of History

Eclipse: The Celestial Phenomenon that Changed the Course of History

By Duncan Steel

Whether interpreted as an auspicious omen or a sentinel of doom, eclipses have had a profound effect upon our cultural development. This book studies both the cultural impact of eclipses and the scientific developments that eclipses made possible.


The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders

The 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders

By Fred Schaaf

The sky holds endless fascination for anyone who chooses simply to look up and observe, but with so much to see, it can be difficult to know where to start. This book introduces 50 remarkable astronomical sights and tells exactly how to find them.


The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age

The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age

By Patrick Moore and Pete Lawrence

Bring astronomy down from the mountaintops and into the backyard with this one-stop stargazing manual from Sir Patrick Moore and Pete Lawrence, stars of the BBC’s The Sky at Night. These days, affordable telescopes, cameras, and software make it easy for anyone to explore the heavens—and capture breathtaking images.


Astronomy: A Visual Guide

Astronomy: A Visual Guide

By Mark A. Garlick

An illustrated reference for amateur astronomers provides a survey of science’s growing understanding of space, including some of the most recent photographs from observatories and sky maps and covering phenomenon such as distant stars, eclipses, and black holes.


Astronomy

Astronomy

By Robert Dinwiddie

A beginner’s guide to astronomy that shows those new to stargazing how to identify stars, planets and other heavenly bodies, using both the naked eye and also with the use of a home telescope.



Books for Kids


Eclipses

Eclipses

By Nick Hunter

The book covers what an eclipse is, what eclipses can look like, how they happen, their effects on wildlife, what people thought of eclipses in the past, how they are studied today, and about eclipses on other planets. A fun activity is provided along with advice on viewing eclipses.


Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing

Looking Up! The Science of Stargazing

By Joe Rao

Did you know that comets are sometimes called “hairy stars?” Or that if you saw a sunset on the moon, the sun would look white because the moon doesn’t have an atmosphere? You’ll learn this and more as you become an expert on the objects in the sky. The book contains a special section all about the August 2017 total eclipse of the sun that will be visible throughout most of the United States.


Experiments with the Sun and the Moon

Experiments with the Sun and the Moon

By Salvatore Tocci

Projects and experiments explore scientific principles related to the sun and moon, particularly those which explain eclipses.


Far-Out Science Projects about Earth's Sun and Moon

Far-Out Science Projects about Earth's Sun and Moon

By Robert Gardner

Step-by-step instructions for a variety of projects involving the sun and moon, and answers such questions as “How does the sun’s position change with the seasons?” and “Does the moon always rise in the same place?”


The Moon

The Moon

By Christine Taylor-Butler

Human beings first set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, marking one of the most important events in the history of space exploration. Learn what it is like to walk on the surface of the Moon and what role the Moon plays in the solar system.


A Project Guide to the Solar System

A Project Guide to the Solar System

By Colleen D. Kessler

An introduction to the solar system, including the moon, eclipses, and space, with experiments and activities.



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