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The Surprising Science of our Sun

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107672642

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  • How did the Sun evolve, and what will it become? What is the origin of its light and heat? How does solar activity affect the atmospheric conditions that make life on Earth possible? These are the questions at the heart of solar physics, and at the core of this book. The Sun is the only star near enough to study in sufficient detail to provide rigorous tests of our theories and to help us understand the more distant and exotic objects throughout the cosmos. Having observed the Sun using both ground-based and spaceborne instruments, the authors bring their extensive personal experience to this story revealing what we have discovered about phenomena from eclipses to neutrinos, space weather, and global warming. This Second Edition is updated throughout, and features results from the current spacecraft that are aloft, especially NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, for which one of the authors designed some the telescopes.

    • Two experienced solar astronomers provide the latest information from ground-based observations and from the current fleet of NASA (and other) spacecraft
    • This second edition is updated throughout, and contains results from the current spacecraft that are aloft, especially NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, for which one of the authors designed telescopes
    • Exciting, brand new photos from space
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… a carefully composed, very readable account … I would recommend this book to specialist and non-specialist alike as a fine, 'non-preachy', and concise account of the current state of knowledge of the workings of our local star, the Sun, and also of the instruments by which that information has been obtained."
    The Observatory

    "The book is very readable … [it was] quite difficult to put down once I started it, the pages seeming to turn with alarming frequency … a great read!"
    Lyn Smith, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107672642
    • length: 325 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • contains: 107 b/w illus. 16 colour illus. 1 map 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. The Sun
    2. The once and future Sun
    3. What we see: the solar disk
    4. What we don't see
    5. Eclipses
    6. Space missions
    7. Between fire and ice
    8. Space weather
    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Authors

    Leon Golub, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    Leon Golub is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and has been studying the Sun and solar-type stars since the Skylab missions in 1973� and the Einstein Observatory in 1978. He is the head of the Solar-Stellar X-ray Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and has been involved in building and flying cutting-edge space instrumentation for the past thirty years. He is Chair of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society and has written many popular articles on subjects ranging from astronomy and philosophy to music criticism.

    Jay M. Pasachoff, Williams College, Massachusetts
    Jay Pasachoff is a Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. He is a veteran of 56 solar eclipse expeditions, which have taken him all over the world to study the sun over the sunspot cycle. He received the Education Prize from the American Astronomical Society. His undergraduate textbooks in astronomy have been widely used. He is already involved in planning for education and public outreach for the 2017 total solar eclipse for which totality will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina and for which the whole of the continental United States and Canada will see at least a partial eclipse.

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