Contents

Foreword by Paul Davies vii

Preface xi

1 From the Depths of Time: The Earliest Recorded Eclipses 1

2 The Heavenly Cycles 37

3 Making Predictions 68

4 A Warp in Space 105

5 The Turbulent Sun 125

6 Ancient Eclipses and the Length of the Day 147

7 Eclipses and the Size of the Sun 161

8 The American Eclipses of 1780 and 1806 174

9 The Rocky Mountain Eclipse of 1878 196

10 The Great New York City Winter Eclipse 213

11 Nantucket, the Astronomically Blessed 229

12 Eclipses of the Third Kind 245

14 Stepping Beyond the Solar System 310

15 An Eclipse Chaser's Guide 327

16 An Eclipse Whodunit 356 Appendix: Calculating Eclipses 383 Glossary of Astronomical and Scientific Terms 435 Picture Credits 441 Index 445

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