With a bit of luck we can all enjoy a (partial) on Friday 20 March 2015. The eclipse will start around 9.30h, with its maximum coverage of over 80% reached at 10.30h.

As the largest (technical) scientific library in the Netherlands, it may come as no surprise that we have access to information and publications regarding solar eclipses.

Our collection has 123 documents which, in one way or the other, has something to do with solar eclipses. By searching Discover with queries such as “solar eclipse” and  “solar eclipses”, you will find the following documents.

But what are these documents exactly? Well… Regarding solar eclipses we have:

  • 28 articles
  • 1 bibliography
  • 33 books
  • 3 conference proceedings
  • 1 map
  • 57 reports

A special document is the map mentioned above. This map displays the total solar eclipse on 12 May 1706 and was made in 1707. Since this map is available through Open Access, you can view it anywhere in the world.

The most important author in our collection is Fred Espenak (NASA), who wrote 23 of the 123 publications (19 of the 57 reports). Especially interesting is his report “Five Millennium Catalog Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE)” from 2008, with Jean Meeus as co-author. This report presents an overview of 5.000 years of solar eclipses, which covers about 12.000 eclipses all together.

If you want to know when the next (partial or full) eclipse will occur, you can easily access this report. It also contains the eclipse from 12 May 1706, but also the one on 20 March 2015. Additionally, NASA has a special page on its website based on this report, where you can check out any eclipse in the aforementioned 5.000 including their path covering the surface of the Earth.

Check out the eclipse of 12 May 1707, or the eclipse of 20 March 2015.

Finally: of the 28 articles, 27 originate from scientific magazines by Elsevier, such as Advances in Space Research, which are available in full text (when logged on to the TU network).