A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, fully blocking out the Sun. A surprisingly moving experience, some viewers feel unrestrained joy at the sight of totality, others feel an equally powerful sense of desolation. In 2012, the eclipse starts in Australia's Northern Territory and crosses Queensland before disappearing over the Pacific. In November 2013, the rare annular-total eclipse, where the Sun may appear as a bright ring around the Moon, appears over Gabon, Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Experience this celestial moment and by doing so join the elite, 200-year-old 'eclipse-chasers' club. Bradt's "Total Solar Eclipse 2012 & 2013" is an invaluable companion. Packed with maps, weather conditions, photography tips, health, and safety, this helpful guide has everything to help you make the most out of this spectacular natural event.