Far-Out Guide to the Sun

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Everything in Our Solar System Orbits The Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Sometimes the Sun creates powerful storms and solar winds. How do we know all this? Spacecraft from Earth have visited the Sun. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this ...

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Everything in Our Solar System Orbits The Sun. It is the center of our solar system, and affects everything in it. Sometimes the Sun creates powerful storms and solar winds. How do we know all this? Spacecraft from Earth have visited the Sun. These robotic explorers have taught us a lot about the star at the center of our solar system. Learn about the amazing missions, the dedicated scientists who plan them, and more far-out facts about the Sun. All the facts you need, and lots more, are included in this up-to-date book.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The Sun—yellow dwarf star and dazzling center of our solar system—is explored in this volume of the "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System" series, which offers a multitude of facts to report-writers, focusing on what astronomers know and the many perplexing questions still to be answered. Young researchers will learn that weather on the Sun affects Earth dramatically—the Sun has eleven-year seasons or sunspot cycles, when magnetic energy causes solar storms. One such storm hit Earth in 1859, causing telegraph wires to explode; scientists believe the damage would be much worse with today's technology. Spacecraft Hinode (launched in 2006) is studying solar winds and the Sun's magnetic field with three solar telescopes. In one of the boxed "Far-Out Facts" scattered through the text, readers discover that solar winds also cause auroras, colorful moving lights near our Poles. Reassuringly, space weather forecasters monitor explosions (or hurricanes) in the Sun's atmosphere and issue alerts of solar activity, giving engineers time to prepare. Three pages of "Sun Fast Facts" add more information; for example, the Sun will get hotter as it ages and, in about five billion years, will start to die. A "Sun Timeline of Exploration and Discovery" introduces a success story about robotic spacecraft Genesis, which gathered particles from solar winds, then crashed on landing in Utah. Scientists were able to retrieve information from the broken collector wafers made mostly of gold and sapphire. What's next for the Sun? Some probes and satellites are studying the Sun right now, but Solar Probe+ will take off in 2015, circling through the Sun's corona until at least 2022 to study solar weather up close. Included are a helpful glossary, a bibliography, and a list of websites about the Sun and space weather. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Watching Space Weather 8

Sun at a Glance 24

Fast Facts About the Sun 25

Sun Timeline of Exploration and Discovery 28

Chapter 2 Capturing a Piece of the Sun 30

Chapter 3 What's Next for the Sun? 40

Words to Know 44

Find Out More and Get Updates 46

Index 48

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