Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses

An important new book has just been published by the leading authority on eclipse predictions, Fred Espenak. The significance of this book is its increased accuracy based on a new JPL ephemeris and the organized presentation of essential eclipse data. 

Fred previously published the Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses: 1986–2035 and Fifty Year Canon of Lunar Eclipses: 1986–2035, co-authored Totality - Eclipses of the Sun  with Mark Littmann and Ken Willcox, and co-authored the Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 with Jean Meeus. Fred is well known in the eclipse community for the essential eclipse bulletins produced during his tenure at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with maps and weather analysis by Jay Anderson. 

From the book description:

"The Thousand Year Canon of Solar Eclipses 1501 to 2500 - Color Edition contains maps and data for each of the 2,389 solar eclipses occurring over the ten-century period centered on the present era. The eclipse predictions are based on the Jet Propulsion Lab's DE406 — a computer ephemeris used for calculating high precision coordinates of the Sun and Moon for thousands of years into the past and future.

Section 1 of the Canon presents fundamental concepts including eclipse classification and the visual appearance of each type of eclipse. Section 2 discusses the eclipse predictions, the constants used and Delta T. A statistical analysis of eclipse frequency, extremes in eclipse magnitude, greatest central duration and quincena combinations are covered in Section 3. A concise explanation of the data contained in the solar eclipse catalog (Appendix A) appears in Section 4 while Section 5 offers a complete description of information presented in each of the solar eclipse maps (Appendix B).

The primary content of the Thousand Year Canon resides in the two appendices. Appendix A is a comprehensive catalog listing the essential characteristics of each eclipse. These include the calendar date and time of greatest eclipse, Delta T, lunation number, Saros series number, gamma, eclipse magnitude, geographic coordinates of greatest eclipse, Sun's altitude and azimuth, central path width and central line duration. Appendix B is an atlas of maps depicting the geographic regions of visibility of each eclipse. The zones of partial eclipse and central eclipse (if applicable) are plotted on an orthographic projection map of Earth. The 2,389 maps are arranged twelve to a page at an image scale permitting the assessment of eclipse visibility from any location on Earth. Other data on each map include the eclipse type, calendar date and time of greatest eclipse, Saros series number, lunar node, Delta T, gamma, Sun's altitude, and central eclipse duration or eclipse magnitude.

The key feature of the Color Edition is, of course, the fact that all the eclipse maps in Appendix B are reproduced in color. Since each of the curves making up an eclipse are color coded, this greatly aids in interpreting the maps. For example, the central path of total eclipses is plotted in BLUE while annular eclipses are RED."

This volume will no doubt become a well-worn addition to the bookshelf of eclipse enthusiasts.