Total Addiction

The Life of an Eclipse Chaser

  • Kate Russo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Eclipse Chasing Context and Background

  3. The Total Solar Eclipse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Kate Russo
      Pages 45-51
    3. Kate Russo
      Pages 53-66
  4. Being an Eclipse Chaser

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Kate Russo
      Pages 69-70
    3. Kate Russo
      Pages 71-78
    4. Kate Russo
      Pages 79-97
    5. Kate Russo
      Pages 99-112
    6. Kate Russo
      Pages 113-120
    7. Kate Russo
      Pages 121-121
  5. Making Sense of Eclipse Chaser’s Experiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Kate Russo
      Pages 125-138
    3. Kate Russo
      Pages 153-157
  6. Eclipse Chasing Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Kate Russo
      Pages 161-169
    3. Kate Russo
      Pages 179-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-193

About this book


Seeing a total solar eclipse is often described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, for many who have experienced totality, once-in-a-lifetime is simply not enough. They want more, and are willing to go to great lengths often at great expense to repeat the experience. What is it like to experience totality? What is it about the experience that motivates these eclipse chasers? Is there an eclipse chaser personality? Can eclipse chasing actually be described as an addiction? This book describes the people who dedicate their lives to chasing their dream.


Eclipse chaser Personal eclipse stories Psychology of eclipse chasing Solar eclipse Total eclipse Totality Umbraphile

Authors and affiliations

  • Kate Russo
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Clinical PsychologyQueen's UniversityBelfastUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30480-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30481-1
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