Our Sun: Biography of a Star
  • Our Sun: Biography of a Star
  • Our Sun: Biography of a Star

Our Sun: Biography of a Star

by Christopher Cooper
     
 

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Featuring stunning photography, including dozens of photographs from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Our Sun tells the fascinating story of our closest star, from its spectacular birth to its current middle age, from its dramatic expansion into a red giant about 5.4 billion years from now to its eventual death as a burned-out black dwarf.

Along the way,

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Featuring stunning photography, including dozens of photographs from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, Our Sun tells the fascinating story of our closest star, from its spectacular birth to its current middle age, from its dramatic expansion into a red giant about 5.4 billion years from now to its eventual death as a burned-out black dwarf.

Along the way, you’ll discover:
- What makes our Sun tick
- Our Sun’s key role in the evolution of life on Earth
- The nature of light and the development of vision
- The miracle (or for some, the curse) of photosynthesis
- Our Sun’s profound influence on human culture
- The development of heliophysics from ancient times to the present
- How solar activity affects the climate, modern electronics, and your body
- Why scientists are scouring the galaxy in a search for Earthlike planets

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"Anyone will be able to pick up this book and learn something about the sun. Highly recommended" - Choice magazine

"The Solar Dynamics Observatory is one of several recently deployed satellites studying the sun, and NASA plans several others. These satellites have greatly improved humans' knowledge of the sun, and Cooper (energy specialist, researcher, Vermont Law Sch. Inst. for Energy & the Environment) has done a brilliant job of synthesizing and gingerly explaining our current understanding of this star. Organized like a biography, the work covers the period from the big bang to the sun's birth and then predicts the sun's red giant phase, theorized to occur 5.4 billion years from now. Then the expanding sun will swallow Earth, shrink into a white dwarf, and gradually cool. Published in coffee-table format, with a shining selection of pictures and diagrams, this book addresses much more than just heliophysics, as several chapters focus on the sun's social, religious, and historical aspects. VERDICT Everything you need to know about the sun is in this stellar work, which will appeal to readers of all ages and levels." - Library Journal

Library Journal
★ 11/01/2013
The Solar Dynamics Observatory is one of several recently deployed satellites studying the sun, and NASA plans several others. These satellites have greatly improved humans' knowledge of the sun, and Cooper (energy specialist, researcher, Vermont Law Sch. Inst. for Energy & the Environment) has done a brilliant job of synthesizing and gingerly explaining our current understanding of this star. Organized like a biography, the work covers the period from the big bang to the sun's birth and then predicts the sun's red giant phase, theorized to occur 5.4 billion years from now. Then the expanding sun will swallow Earth, shrink into a white dwarf, and gradually cool. Published in coffee-table format, with a shining selection of pictures and diagrams, this book addresses much more than just heliophysics, as several chapters focus on the sun's social, religious, and historical aspects. VERDICT Everything you need to know about the sun is in this stellar work, which will appeal to readers of all ages and levels.—Jeffrey Beall, Univ. of Colorado Denver Lib.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937994198
Publisher:
Race Point Publishing
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,279,127
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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