Eclipse Chaser: Science in the Moon's Shadow

By: Ilima Loomis

On August 21, 2017, much of America stood still and looked up as a wide swath of the country experienced totality—a full solar eclipse. Even in areas outside the path of totality, people watched in awe as the moon cast its shadow on the sun. For most, this was simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Not so for Shadia Habbal, who travels the world in search of solar eclipses in order to study the sun’s corona. Solar wind and storms originating in the corona can have big effects on our planet. They can disrupt technology, expose aircraft to radiation, and even influence global climate change. In the months leading up to the 2017 eclipse, Shadia assembles a team of scientists to set up camp with her in Mitchell, Oregon. Years earlier, a long, expensive trip to Indonesia to study an eclipse failed when the skies remained too cloudy to see it. Shadia is determined to have the 2017 eclipse be a success. Will the computers fail? Will smoke from nearby fires change direction? Will the cloudy skies clear in time?

Glossary. Selected sources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, and diagrams.

ISBN: 9781328770967

JLG Release: Feb 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Shadia Rifai Habbal , Total solar eclipses in the United States , Solar eclipses , Astrophysicists , Space study , Science , Astronomy and astronomers

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Loomis chronicles the work of astronomer and solar physicist Shadia Habbal. Habbal and her team traveled around the world to study solar eclipses. The purpose of this research was to learn more about the sun, how it works, how the solar system operates, and the forces that control its movement. Readers learn this “risky research” is expensive, Loomis chronicles the work of astronomer and solar physicist Shadia Habbal. Habbal and her team traveled around the world to study solar eclipses. The purpose of this research was to learn more about the sun, how it works, how the solar system operates, and the forces that control its movement. Readers learn this “risky research” is expensive, challenging, and involves venturing to remote and sometimes inaccessible locations. While the text describes several places where Habbal conducted her studies, it focuses mainly on the Great American Eclipse, which occurred on August 21, 2017. The text and photographs capture the thrill, tension, and drama of this event. Loomis vividly describes the beginning of the eclipse: “For a few seconds, the sun is a thin white circle, sparkling with bright points of light. Then the false night falls, the sky turns a deep blue-black, and a ghostly white halo glows out of the darkness.” Cowan’s photographs not only provide amazing views of a total eclipse, but they also reveal the strong collaboration among the team members, the elaborate equipment that they used, the hard work involved, and the excitement they felt when another part of the mystery of the sun was revealed. The awe and wonder of scientific research shine. An excellent addition to the “Scientists in the Field” series. A fine choice for demonstrating the actual work of scientists and the importance of their research.

Book Details

ISBN

9781328770967

First Release

February 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

523.7/8

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 980L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Shadia Rifai Habbal, Total solar eclipses in the United States, Solar eclipses, Astrophysicists, Space study, Science, Astronomy and astronomers,

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