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Astronomers' Universe

Racing the Moon’s Shadow with Concorde 001

Authors: Léna, Pierre

  • Tells the unique story of observing a total solar eclipse for no less than 74 consecutive minutes
  • Presents an aeronautic adventure of the Concorde 001 prototype
  • Provides a must read for each eclipse chaser which is lavishly illustrated with astounding historical pictures
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21729-1
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This is the unique story of  observing a total solar eclipse for no less than 74 consecutive minutes. On the summer morning of June 30, 1973, the Sun rises on the Canary Islands. But it is strangely indented by the Moon. The eclipse of the century has just begun. From the west, the lunar shadow rushes to the African coast at a velocity of over 2000 kilometers per hour. Astronomers on the ground will enjoy seven short minutes of total eclipse to study the solar corona - too short for Pierre Lena and seven scientists who board the Concorde 001 prototype, an extraordinary plane to become the first commercial supersonic aircraft. With André Turcat as chief pilot and a crew of five, at 17000 m altitude, the aircraft remains in the lunar shadow for 74 minutes, a record time of scientific observations not yet beaten and allowing for exceptional measurements. Science, technology, aviation and history combine in the story of a unique human adventure aboard a legendary aircraft, illustrated with a rich and original iconography. It reflects the wonderful domains that science and technology can open, and the passion in the professions they offer. A must read for every eclipse chaser and fan of true scientific adventures.On the summer morning of June 30, 1973, the Sun rises on the Canary Islands. But it is strangely indented by the Moon. The eclipse of the century has just begun. From the west, the lunar shadow rushes to the African coast at a velocity of over 2000 kilometers per hour. Astronomers on the ground will enjoy seven short minutes of total eclipse to study the solar corona - too short for Pierre Lena and seven scientists who board the Concorde 001 prototype, an extraordinary plane to become the first commercial supersonic aircraft. With André Turcat as chief pilot and a crew of five, at 17000 m altitude, the aircraft remains in the lunar shadow for 74 minutes, a record time of scientific observations not yet beaten and allowing for exceptional measurements. Science, technology, aviation and history combine in the story of a unique human adventure aboard a legendary aircraft, illustrated with a rich and original iconography. It reflects the wonderful domains that science and technology can open, and the passion in the professions they offer. A must read for every eclipse chaser and fan of true scientific adventures.

About the authors

Transmitting to younger generations his own interest for science is a lifelong passion for Pierre Léna, who is an astrophysicist and member of the French Academy of sciences. With the program La main à la pâte (Inquiry), he has worked extensively for science to be well taught to children in primary schools worldwide. His goal is also to help teenagers and young adults discover the flavor of science, at the age when they choose their future and are sometimes reluctant to pursue science. He brings here his personal experience and authentic testimony.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Eclipses and Humankind

    Léna, Pierre

    Pages 1-9

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  • Concorde: A Dream Takes Off

    Léna, Pierre

    Pages 11-16

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  • This Dark Brightness that Falls from the Stars

    Léna, Pierre

    Pages 17-24

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  • The Run up to the Longest Total Eclipse in History

    Léna, Pierre

    Pages 25-44

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  • No Need for Alarm, It’s Only an Eclipse

    Léna, Pierre

    Pages 45-60

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eBook 23,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21729-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 29,99 €
price for China (P.R.) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21728-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Racing the Moon’s Shadow with Concorde 001
Authors
Translated by
Lyle, S.
Series Title
Astronomers' Universe
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21729-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21729-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-21728-4
Series ISSN
1614-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 103
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original French edition published by Les Éditions Le Pommier, Paris, 2014
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