About the Author: Sand Sheff is an entertainer, elementary school teacher and author from Moab, Utah. A veteran of both the Nashville and Austin music scenes, he has released more than a dozen recordings of original music as well as two books. This year he is  featured at many festivals including the upcoming National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV.

The Eclipse Miracle Story

20 years ago, Sand was watching public access TV at a friend’s house in Nashville. A lecturer mentioned that the apparent sizes of the sun and moon are identical. At first, Sand didn’t believe it. Surely they would have taught us this fact in school!  But when he researched the information, he found out it was true: the sun and the moon are essentially the same size in the sky. The idea found its way into some of his songs, but it wasn’t until this past year that he decided he should describe this truth by means of a children’s book.  Though untrained as a visual artist, he needed to illustrate it himself. This last winter, he got up in the wee hours of the morning before he went to work to complete the artwork.  TLC Graphics in Austin designed the book this spring and it finally was published in early June, just a couple of months before the Great American Eclipse itself. 

FAQ’s: Is the book scientifically accurate? Yes it is. All the facts presented are common scientific knowledge and can be verified with a click of Google. There is also an 8 page science section at the end of the book with lots of fun facts about the Solar System.

Why doesn’t everyone already know the sun is the same size as the moon in the sky? Good question. For some unknown reason, this most fundamentally amazing fact about the two great lights in our sky is often neglected or downplayed in most educational descriptions of eclipses. Of course, scientific explanations say that the moon goes in front of the sun, but then typically neglect to mention that the two orbs line up perfectly due to an astonishing alignment in distance to diameter ratios. Scientists typically say it is coincidence. Whatever you may call it, the moon covers the sun perfectly during a total eclipse and will do so again on August 21st, as millions will witness.

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Sand hopes you spread the word; the sun's the same size as the moon in the sky!

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The Eclipse Miracle

Written and Illustrated by Sand Sheff

One book that will last long after the eclipse.


Did you know that the Sun and the Moon appear the same size in the sky?  That's because the Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, but also 400 times farther away.  It's been called "the great coincidence", but is it really just coincidence?  Come take a journey to learn secrets of the Sun and Moon, and get a front-row seat as they line up to show us the amazing ECLIPSE MIRACLE!  INCLUDES 8 Page SCIENCE SECTION
Here's what folks are saying:

t has to be one of the most beautifully presented stories for children! It contains science for beginners, geography, God lessons and how to overcome fear...Everything!" 
Dr.Katina Michael
editor-in-chief IEEE Technology and Society Magazine

 "a masterful job of mixing the scientific facts with the wonderment and special nature of eclipses, and there is extreme value in that.  The book is educational, enlightening, and uplifting in a way that is difficult to explain to someone who sees only the mathematics of eclipses."
Dan McGlaun Executive Director  Eclipse 2017 . org

What makes this book different:

Eclipse Miracle is one of the only significant children's eclipse books ever written. It looks at the eclipse from what may be the most interesting angle of any of the books available. 
There has never been a book written about this most fundamentally amazing truth until now

Eclipse Miracle is colorful and not dated "2017". It's message and story will not cease to be relevant or popular after the eclipse. 

The Eclipse Miracle gives God credit for creating the Sun, Moon and Earth. It does this in a non-denominational way that will inspire children of all faiths.

Previewing the Book:
On this page, you will find a low-resolution pdf of the interior and see the cover, see some author info etc... and be able to access a narrated video of the book.