Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip

By Patricia Totten Espenak

Total Eclipse or Bust!
A Family Road Trip

Full Color Edition

Hot Products 2016


"TOTAL Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip" is a book for the entire family. The story follows a typical family on a road trip to see the 2017 total eclipse of the Sun. Along the way the children learn all about the how and why of eclipses in a friendly and an uncomplicated way. The book also provides basic information about how to view a total solar eclipse and where to go for America's great eclipse on August 21, 2017.

This is a great book for the whole family. If you're new to eclipses this book is for you!

"TOTAL Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip" has been recognized by Sky and Telescope magazine as one of the Hot Products for 2016.

Total Eclipse or Bust! A Family Road Trip - Sample Pages


Fun for the family to read and plan together
By Good Shopper on November 4, 2015

I bought this for my 3 grandchildren, but since I’m very interested in both lunar and solar eclipses, I can’t resist reading it myself before giving it to them. I bought it just last week, but am already on my 2nd time thru, this time making plans for 2017.
I’m reviewing it from a child’s point of view and it seems very accessible and welcoming, especially with the car trip story, the diagrams and other illustrations, including photos of the author in Antarctica and the cute young girls acting out eclipse sightings.
There’s plenty of information for us to read and discuss together –a lot is new to me, such as the story about Vulcan. An unexpected bonus is that the author’s husband is an eclipse expert with a website and books for adults.
I’m very excited that we won’t have to break the bank to see this event on August 21, 2017! Either Oregon or Idaho should be a very manageable drive (and we’ll follow the advice to have a Plan B)!

Exciting and educating children about the magnificent sight of a total solar eclipse
By Michael Zeiler on October 29, 2015

This book is an engaging story of a family viewing a total solar eclipse. It is clearly written and aimed for children to understand and anticipate this celestial wonder. I liked the analogy of viewing a spectacle like the Grand Canyon only briefly as a comparison to the sight of a total eclipse. Also, the experiences of past eclipse viewers, such as during the U.S. total solar eclipse of 1878, adds a dimension tying together generations. Future eclipses are also described in a map that invite children to think of what they may see throughout their life, or the life or their children and grandchildren. Highly recommended as a book to read with your child as the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 approaches.

Center Line Excitement!
By Ardis Danon on October 27, 2015

"TOTAL Eclipse or Bust" is a delightful children's story. The trip to the eclipse references historical reactions to total eclipses through the centuries. Planet Vulcan? Who knew! The book presents accurate information about total solar eclipses with an enthusiasm that has me making travel plans for 2017!

Get Excited for 2017!!
By kumpf23 on October 24, 2015

Owen my 10 year old really enjoyed this book! His favorite story was the one about the Pike's Peak eclipse. He liked learning some new terms from the glossary. I thought the book was readable and enjoyable, and a great way to learn about eclipses. AND it's getting us even more excited about the 2017 eclipse!! Can't wait!! Love the pictures!

... of total solar eclipses for the entire family to enjoy - well written and illustrated
By Dorothy J. Reilly on October 24, 2015

A very engaging explanation of total solar eclipses for the entire family to enjoy - well written and illustrated. It brought back memories of the two total eclipses I've seen and made me realize it is time to see more. Thanks to all the information provided, I know how to start planning for 2017.

MUST READ!! Learn about an eclipse in an easy to read format!!!
By Debbie Schneider on October 24, 2015

Lots of good information in an easy to read and understand format for kids and adults!!! If you want to learn about eclipses and prepare for the one that you will be able to see in the U.S. in 2017 without pouring through a text book, this is the book for you!

About the Author

Patricia Totten Espenak is a retired chemistry teacher and amateur astronomer who has traveled widely with her husband, Fred, to view various celestial events, including Total and Annular Solar Eclipses, Lunar Eclipses, and Transits of Mercury and Venus.

She has traveled to 16 total solar eclipses with destinations such as India, Zambia, Tahiti, Turkey, Libya, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.

Between packing and unpacking, she enjoys hiking with Fred in the Chiricahua Mountains near their home and viewing the wonderfully dark skies of southeastern Arizona.

Also Available!

Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

The Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 is a complementary publication of the 2017 Eclipse Bulletin. It contains a comprehensive series of 37 high resolution, full color maps of the path of totality across the USA.

The large scale (1:700,000 or 1 inch = 11 miles) shows both major and minor roads, towns and cities, rivers, lakes, parks, national forests, wilderness areas and mountain ranges.

Armed with this atlas and the latest weather forecasts, the road warrior is ready to chase totality no matter where it takes him/her along the 2500-mile-long path. This mobile strategy offers the highest probability of witnessing the spectacular 2017 total eclipse in clear skies.

For more information visit Road Atlas for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017.

Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21

The Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21 is the complementary publication of the 2017 Road Atlas and is the ultimate guide to this highly anticipated event.

Local circumstances tables for more than 1000 cities across the USA provide times of each phase of the eclipse along with the eclipse magnitude, duration and Sun's altitude. Additional tables cover the eclipse circumstances for cities in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and Europe. An exhaustive climatological study identifies areas along the eclipse path where the highest probability of favorable weather may be found. A travelogue highlights key locations in the eclipse track from Oregon through South Carolina.

Finally, comprehensive information is presented about solar filters and how to safely observe and photograph the eclipse.

For more information visit Eclipse Bulletin: Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 August 21.

Get Eclipsed: The Complete Guide to the American Eclipse

Get Eclipsed is an easy to read, family friendly, inexpensive 2017 eclipse guide for everyone, especially if the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017 will be your first one.

Get Eclipsed features:

  • How and Why Solar Eclipses Happen
  • Science and History of Solar Eclipses
  • Fun Facts for the Entire Family
  • Helpful Hints for Safe Viewing
  • Illuminating Maps and Diagrams
  • Eclipse times for over a hundred cities
  • Two (2) pairs of Solar Eclipse Glasses

For more information visit Get Eclipsed: The Complete Guide to the American Eclipse.

Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA

The Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA contains of a series of 499 global maps showing the geographic track of every total and annular solar eclipse across the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) during the two-thousand-year period 1001 through 3000. It is accompanied by a catalog that lists the major characteristics of each eclipse including its duration and whether it is visible from the lower 48 states, Alaska and/or Hawaii.

A set of 20 detailed maps, each covering a 50-year period and centered on the lower 48 states, shows the path of every total and annular eclipse. The maps include state boundaries and major cities. These maps also cover southern Canada and northern Mexico.

For more information visit Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA.