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Articles on Solar Eclipses

It’s a Dark Day In Africa and Australia Today; Eclipse of Sun to Touch U.S. in 1923” The Oregonian 22 September 1922: page 20.

Eclipse of Sun Will Be Visible in Carbondale for Two Hours July 20.” The Daily Egyptian 13 July 1963: page 3.

Eclipse of Sun Today Will Endanger Many Eyes.” The Daily Egyptian 20 July 1963: page 1.

Escape From Sun: Security of a Glass Mug Prevents Need of Tin Cup.” The Daily Egyptian 23 July 1963: page 3.

The Art and Science of Solar Eclipses.” American Scientist July-August 2016; Page: 208.

Describes the wonders of viewing the corona during a solar eclipse, and how the human eye sees things telescopes can’t. It also describes the role art plays in sharing the experience of a solar eclipse. Includes links to a NASA video that describes how art captures perceptions of the solar corona.

Books for Children


Arnold McCully, Emily. Caroline’s Comets: A True Story. Holiday House, 2017.

“This picture book biography explores the life of a famous woman astronomer who lived from 1750 to 1848. Caroline Herschel discovered galaxies, nebulae and was the first woman to discover a comet. Her other claim to fame was that she was the first woman scientist who was paid for her work.”

Burleigh, Robert. Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer. New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013.

“This is a picture book biography of the woman who discovered how the brightness of stars had fixed patterns, information that would later be used to measure distances through space. Amazingly, at the time she did her work, women weren’t even allowed to use telescopes; she made her observations from photographs.”

Espenak, Patricia Totten, and Fred Espenak. Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip. Portal: AstroPixels, 2015.

Story of a family’s trip to view a total solar eclipse.  Geared toward children, the book recounts stories, histories, and experiences of past eclipses.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Illus. by Deborah Lanino. Maria’s Comet. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2003.

“Maria longs to be an astronomer — wish that burns as brightly as a star. But girls in the nineteenth century don’t grow up to be scientists, especially those who are needed at home. Each night when her papa sweeps the sky with his telescope, Maria sweeps the floor below, imagining all the strange worlds he can travel to from the rooftop of their Nantucket home.

Then one night Maria finally gets her chance to look through her papa’s telescope. For the first time, she beholds the night sky stretching endlessly above her, and her dream of exploring the comets and constellations seems close enough to touch. “

Hoult, Janet Cameron. Where Did the Sun Go? Myths and Legends of Solar Eclipses Around the World Told with Poetry and Puppetry. Denver: Outskirts Press, 2013.

This book includes solar eclipse-related poems from around the world.  Also included are scripts of solar eclipse-themed puppet shows with stage directions, hints, and instructions on creating the puppets.

Shepherd, Jodie. Mae Jemison. C. Press/F. Watts Trade, 2015.

As the first African American woman in space, Mae Jemison broke many barriers in science and space technology. Her further work with philanthropies helps bring technology education to those who might not otherwise have access to it.

Whitethorne, Baje, Sr. Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun. Flagstaff: Salina Bookshelf, Inc., 2002.

Children’s book about a boy and his grandfather experiencing a total eclipse. Navajo stories about eclipses are recounted and illustrated in this book.

Van Vleet, Carmella, and Dr. Kathy Sullivan. Illus. by Nicole Wong. To the Stars!: The First American Woman to Walk in Space. Charlesbridge, 2016.

“An inspiring story of how Dr. Kathy Sullivan, a young girl who loved exploring, defied convention and became the first American woman to walk in space.”

Yasuda, Anita. Explore the Solar System!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (Explore Your World). White River Junction: Nomad Press, 2009.

Book geared to grades K-4 with hands-on activities centered on astronomy, including projects about the moon, sun, and solar eclipses.


Mass, Wendy. Every Soul a Star: A Novel. New York: Little, Brown, 2008. Print.

A young adult novel for middle and high school students about three very different teenagers finding their place in the universe. One of the families runs a campground that has been planning for a solar eclipse for several years, and will change management with one of the teenagers whose family is from a large city.

General Books


Bakich, Michael. Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Cham: Springer, 2016.

Michael Bakich, the senior editor and photo editor of Astronomy magazine authored this book on the total solar eclipse in 2017.  It includes sections on safety, photography, equipment, weather forecasts, as well as general information on the eclipse.

Baron, David. American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. Liveright: 2016.

American Eclipse tells the story of these pioneering scientists—planet hunter James Craig Watson, astronomer Maria Mitchell, and inventor Thomas Edison—who gathered in the West with an extraordinary cast of supporting characters on a day when the sun hid and far more was revealed.”

Espenak, Fred, and Jay Anderson. Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21. Portal: AstroPixels, 2015.

Billed as the ultimate guide for the August 2017 total solar eclipse, this bulletin was authored by retired astrophysicist Fred Espenak and meteorologist Jay Anderson.  The bulletin includes details, tables, maps, local circumstance tables for cities across the United States, climatological studies, a travelogue, and eclipse photography information.

Espenak, Fred. Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017. Portal: AstroPixels, 2015.

Companion guide to the 2017 Eclipse Bulletin.  It provides a series of 37 maps detailing the solar eclipse of 2017’s path of totality across the United States.

Léna, Pierre. Racing the Moon’s Shadow with Concorde 101. Cham: Springer, 2015.

Details the story of scientists who traveled on the Concorde 001 supersonic aircraft to observe the 1973 solar eclipse for 74 consecutive minutes.

Littmann, Mark, Fred Espenak, and Ken Willcox. Totality: Eclipses of the Sun. New York: Oxford University Press, Inc. 2008.

Reference book about solar eclipses that includes observations from eclipse viewers and information on observing and photographing solar eclipses.  History and mythology about solar eclipses as well as maps, diagrams, and statistics are also included.

Mobberley, Martin. Total Solar Eclipses and How to Observe Them. New York: Springer, 2007.

Author of several astronomy books, Martin Mobberley explains basics about eclipses, as well as the equipment needed to view and photograph them.

Russo, Kate. Total Addiction. Berlin: Springer, 2012.

Book by self-proclaimed eclipse chaser Kate Russo.  It details her research about and interviews with fellow eclipse chasers from around the world.