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Science & Math: Solar Eclipse

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2017 Solar Eclipse

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Event Updates

The Solar Eclipse-the 'celestial event of the century' will take place on Monday August 21st. The Science Library at Butler University will be organizing events to celebrate and interpret this rare occurrence. Details will be posted closer to the event but WATCH THIS SPACE!

Events will be taking place across the United States particularly where a total eclipse is forecast. However, the eclipse should be visible from many points in the Midwest including Indianapolis. This page will provide updates about the activities planned for Butler University, as well as give some background information about Solar Eclipses, both scientific and cultural.

Update-we have received 1000 pairs of solar eclipse viewing glasses from StarNet to facilitate our events being held on the Butler University campus on 21st August!!!

Update-here's a great link to show how the Solar Eclipse will appear in your zip code:

Useful Databases

Some Relevant Journals

Astronomy. (1973). Milwaukee, Wis.: AstroMedia Corp. (Print available in Science Library)

Advances in Astronomy.

Space Science Reviews.

The Astronomical Journal

Advances in Space Research​


Some Titles Available in Butler Libraries including eBooks

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Langley, S. P., & Abbot, C. G. (1904). The 1900 solar eclipse expedition of the Astrophysical observatory of the Smithsonian institution (Publication (Smithsonian Institution), 1439). Washington: Govt. Print. Off..

Special Collections General StacksPAM OVERSIZE QB544.00 .S6 1904

Espenak, F., Anderson, J., & Goddard Space Flight Center. (2007). Total solar eclipse of 2008 August 01 (NASA/TP, 2007-214149; NASA technical paper, 2007-214149). Greenbelt, Md.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center.

Steel, D. (2001). Eclipse : The celestial phenomenon that changed the course of history. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press.

Russo, K. (2012). Total addiction : The life of an eclipse chaser. Berlin: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-30481-1

Montelle, C. (2011). Chasing shadows : Mathematics, astronomy, and the early history of eclipse reckoning (Johns Hopkins studies in the history of mathematics). Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Brady, B. (1999). Predictive Astrology : The Eagle and the Lark. Newburyport: Red Wheel Weiser.

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Rix, E., Hay, K., Russell, S., & Handy, R. (2015). Solar sketching : A comprehensive guide to drawing the Sun (The Patrick Moore practical astronomy series; Patrick Moore's practical astronomy series). New York: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-2901-6

Books about Solar Eclipses




Some Books about Solar Eclipses

Solar Eclipses in Popular Culture

Here's a link to some movies that feature Solar Eclipses

Some novels that feature Solar Eclipses

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain (1889), protagonist predicts solar eclipse in 528 CE.

Pharaoh, by Bolesław Prus (1895), historical novel with culminating solar eclipse in 1085 BCE, predicted by priest Menes.

The Secret Mountain, by Enid Blyton, a group of children and their guardian, captives of a sun-worshipping African tribe, escape by threatening to kill the sun, having prior knowledge of an imminent solar eclipse.

Voyage: a novel of 1896, by Sterling Hayden (1976), depicts a solar eclipse of the titular year, viewed from the South Pacific.

Nightfall, by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg (1990 novel based on Asimov's 1941 short story of the same name).

      Solar Eclipse, by John Farris (1999).

      Sunwing, by Kenneth Oppel (1999).

      The Eclipse of the Century, by Jan Mark (1999).

      Every Soul A Star (2008) by Wendy Mass

      A Memory of Light (2013) by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson




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