The Aurora Watcher's Handbook

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Neil Davis's decades-long involvement with the aurora extends beyond study and research. He has also been explaining this magnificent phenomenon to diverse audiences, sharing his extensive and continually growing knowledge with his graduate students and his grandchildren, with his fellow scientists through professional publications and with the general public through brief newspaper columns. His years of experience in communicating both the facts and the wonder of the northern lights shows clearly in this book, ...
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Neil Davis's decades-long involvement with the aurora extends beyond study and research. He has also been explaining this magnificent phenomenon to diverse audiences, sharing his extensive and continually growing knowledge with his graduate students and his grandchildren, with his fellow scientists through professional publications and with the general public through brief newspaper columns. His years of experience in communicating both the facts and the wonder of the northern lights shows clearly in this book, which amounts to a pocket education in the subject for any reader interested in auroras. Starting at a basic level, the handbook begins appropriately with matters of immediate concern to someone who hopes to see an auroral display. If people read no further than these first sections, they would gain at least a basic understanding of what causes the aurora, where and when it is most often seen, and how best to capture it on film. But if their interest is whetted, readers can go on to find a thorough and clear review of all aspects of auroral science, including the mysterious realm of auroral sound. In a concise and readable fashion, the handbook covers what is known about auroras, encompassing overviews of the northern Natives' legends and myths and the several theories geophysicists have produced to explain why auroras behave as they do. The Aurora Watcher's Handbook includes numerous illustrations, ranging from cartoons to color plates and scientific drawings.
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Starting at the basic level, the handbook begins with matters of immediate concern to someone who hopes to see an auroral display: what causes the aurora, when it is most often seen, and how best to capture it on film. Later sections provide a review of all aspects of auroral science, including the mysterious realm of auroral sound. Includes numerous illustrations, ranging from cartoons to color plates and scientific drawings. Accessible to a wide audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912006604
  • Publisher: University of Alaska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Pt. I Matters of Immediate Concern to Aurora Watchers
Sect. 1 Cause of the Aurora (Briefly Explained) 3
Sect. 2 Hints for Watching and Photographing the Aurora 13
Sect. 3 A Suggested Observing Program for the Aurora Watcher Interested in Investigating Auroral Sound 19
Sect. 4 Some Basic Facts and Definitions 23
Sect. 5 Kinds of Auroras 43
Sect. 6 Temporal Variations in the Aurora 61
Pt. II For Those Who Want to Learn More
Sect. 7 Auroral Colors and Their Causes 73
Sect. 8 The Aurora Seen from Space 85
Sect. 9 Control of the Aurora by the Earth's Magnetic Field 93
Sect. 10 Auroral Conjugacy 117
Sect. 11 The Causes of Auroral Motions and Shape Changes 125
Sect. 12 Artificial Auroras and Chemical Look-Alikes 135
Sect. 13 Aurorally Related Phenomena 149
Sect. 14 Folklore and Legends 163
Pt. III Auroral Mysteries
Sect. 15 Unknowns About Auroral Processes 173
Sect. 16 Aurora and Weather 179
Sect. 17 The Mystery of Auroral Sound 183
Glossary 205
Suggested Further Reading 215
Index 219
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