November 14th: Encore: Historical Maps of Solar Eclipses from 1654 to Today

Date: November 14th, 2011

Title: Encore: Historical Maps of Solar Eclipses from 1654 to Today

Podcaster: Michael Zeiler


This podcast originally aired on September 25th 2011

Description: Maps of the paths of solar eclipses are remarkable artifacts of our civilization that combine science, history, artistry, cartography, and exploration. When someone first gazes at an eclipse map, the question arises: How is it that an eclipse maps can be so precise and expressive in predicting the passage of an eclipse? Michael Zeiler answers this by giving you a guided tour of a dozen significant and historical eclipse maps from the 17th century to the 21st century. While you listen to this podcast, you will be able to view these 12 maps on a special page on the web site dedicated to eclipse maps new and old:

Bio: Michael Zeiler writes books for the GIS (geographic information systems) industry and has a personal interest in solar eclipses. He enjoys applying his cartographic skills to astronomical subjects and has published many maps of contemporary solar eclipses and transits. Michael is fascinated with old eclipse maps and studies the past masters to improve the design of his new eclipse maps.

Sponsors:  “This episode of 365 days of astronomy is sponsored by – Expanding your horizons in astronomy today. The premier on-demand telescope network, at dark sky sites in Spain, New Mexico and Siding Spring, Australia.”

Additional sponsorship for this episode of 365 days of astronomy was provided by Clear Skies Observing Guides, a Modern Day Celestial Handbook. skies observing guides, or CSOG, is a new concept in visual amateur astronomy. The observing guides contain thousands of objects to observe through amateur telescopes, with matching tours for GOTO telescopes and matching AstroPlanner plan-files. CSOG allows you to target deep-sky objects and carbon stars you never observed before, night after night. Wishing astronomers around the world: Clear skies..! ”

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