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Eclipses Illustrated: Book 2 – Eclipses and the Orbit of the Moon: A Visual Approach to Understanding Eclipses of the Sun and Moon (Kindle Book) Review by Lisa McClanahan

Jay Ryan
Classical Astronomy
1621 Merl Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

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My girls and I have been learning so much about the upcoming eclipse from Jay Ryan, and the more we learn, the more excited we are for it to happen. We are lucky enough to live right in its path, and we are really looking forward to it.

Eclipses and the Orbit of the Moon is the second Eclipse Illustrated Kindle book. The first book The Eclipse Experience is more for a casual observer and talks about how to view the eclipse, whereas this volume will help you in your observation of the eclipse by digging deeper by learning the causes, terminology, and definitions. There are twelve chapters with colored illustrations on every page plus a list of resources for further study. You do not need to read Book 1 in order to learn from Book 2.

It starts with the cycle of the moon’s phases and how to view them. Each phase is described in detail, and there are illustrations to go with each one to make them very understandable. Jay Ryan also explains the moon’s phases and why they occur, the moon’s nodes, penumbra, the motion of the moon during a lunar and solar eclipse and during sunrise and sunset. He also explains how the eclipse will affect the earth and where the lunar umbra will be on a curved globe.

My high school students and I read this book. There are so many illustrations depicting what is being taught that this book is more understandable if each person reads the text and views the illustrations themselves. Not only do they depict the solar system, but also the relationship with the earth. There are illustrations that include people standing on the earth and how it is affected during the different parts of the eclipse. The eclipse astronomy concepts and terminology are very thoroughly explained, including some root words.

Eclipses and the Orbit of the Moon: A Visual Approach to Understanding Eclipses of the Sun and Moon is a great way to prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse. We love all the illustrations because we are learning exactly what will happen during the eclipse which is a huge benefit to the students who don’t really like science.

-Product review by Lisa McClanahan, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2017