The center of our Solar System is a star, one among billions of stars in our own galaxy. This star, which we call the Sun, gives rise to all life on Earth, is the driver of the photosynthesis in plants, and is the source of all food, energy, and fossil fuels on Earth. For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is in fact a stormy and variable star and contributes much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern and southern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways. The…mehr
The center of our Solar System is a star, one among billions of stars in our own galaxy. This star, which we call the Sun, gives rise to all life on Earth, is the driver of the photosynthesis in plants, and is the source of all food, energy, and fossil fuels on Earth. For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is in fact a stormy and variable star and contributes much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern and southern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways. The Sun is, like astronomy in general, a good entrance to natural science, since it affects us in so many ways and connects us to many other fields of science, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and meteorology. The book includes additional material on Springer Extras, a large number of animations and video material. A PowerPoint presentation of the book is also included there as a useful resource for teachers.
Pal Brekke is a Norwegian solar physicist with a doctorate from the University of Oslo in astrophysics and is now a senior advisor for the Norwegian Space Centre . He has worked with state-of-art space-based solar telescopes since 1985 and has published over 40 peer review articles, 70 proceeding papers, and more than 30 popular science articles. Pal wrote much of this material while working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 6 years, as the Deputy Project Scientist for the SOHO mission. He also has written articles for CNN, USA Today, BBC, and DerSpiegel). Brekke has been the PR "ambassador" for SOHO, traveling around the world to give lectures about the Sun. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, ESA's Exceptional Achievement Award, and the Laurels for Team Achievements from the International Academy for Astronautics.
Preface.- Chapter 1: A Star Among Billion Stars.- Chapter 2: The Sun's Location in the Solar System.- Chapter 3: The Sun, From the Core to the Outer Atmosphere.- Chapter 4: How Do We Study the Sun.- Chapter 5: The Sun - A Variable Star.- Chapter 6: Northern Lights and Space Weather.- Chapter 7: The Sun and Life on Earth.- Chapter 8: How We Use the Sun.- Chapter 9: How Can You Observe the Sun.- Chapter 10: Modern Research on the Sun, Northern Lights, and Space Weather.- Chapter 11: Useful Resources.- Index.
From the reviews: "Our Explosive Sun is a book for beginners, be they amateur astronomers, aurora watchers, high school students, or interested non-experts of any description. There's plenty of elementary information about our mother star and the Solar System, and about how to observe the Sun safely or photograph the Northern Lights. Making the book distinctive are a mass of extraordinarily vivid and up to date illustrations, plus the occasional insights you get only from a true expert." (Calder's Updates, January, 2012) "Brekke provides a detailed introduction to the dynamics of the Sun and how it affects Earth, both scientifically and culturally. ... In addition, the book is lavishly illustrated with photos and paintings of the Sun. ... Bernhard Fleck ... said, 'I find it to be the most beautiful and informative popular science book dedicated to our star: spectacular imagery, interspersed with clear and very informative graphics and illustrations, all presented in a very clean, fresh and modern design. Stunning! 5 out of 5 stars!" (Hobbyspace, February, 2012) "Book provides a detailed introduction to the dynamics of the Sun and how it affects Earth, both physically and culturally, and ... layouts and visuals in the book are truly stunning. The book includes a number of images never published before. With beautiful illustrations accompanied by insightful explanations Brekke gives here a fascinating account of how the stormy Sun affects our technology-based society. ... the book can certainly be recommend to general readers as well." (Oddbjørn Engvold, Advances in Space Research, April, 2012) "A great introduction to solar astronomy and the effects of the Sun on the Earth, very much aimed at a young readership, especially those who are not heavily into science, for example, those who are studying art subjects at high-school level." (Kenneth J. H. Phillips, The Observatory, Vol. 132 (1230), October, 2012) "If you want to learn about the Sun, I recommend Our Explosive Sun. ... The book considers many aspects of our interactions with the Sun ... and presents them in clear and concise language. ... It's beautifully illustrated with photographs taken from the ground and from space, many helpful diagrams, and original artwork by Trond Abrahamsen. ... Our Explosive Sun is an enjoyable and worthwhile read and the pictures are a treat. It's a great introduction to the topic for interested readers of all ages." (Mona Evans, BellaOnline, February, 2013)…mehr
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