Sun, Earth, and Sky

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This lavishly illustrated book surveys current knowledge about the Sun, solar physics, and the Sun's impact on life on Earth. Using a friendly style, Lang explores this vital topic, offering valuable insight into the Earth's life-sustaining atmosphere, climate, and future as a hospitable planet.
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Overview

This lavishly illustrated book surveys current knowledge about the Sun, solar physics, and the Sun's impact on life on Earth. Using a friendly style, Lang explores this vital topic, offering valuable insight into the Earth's life-sustaining atmosphere, climate, and future as a hospitable planet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540587781
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Good Day, Sunshine
1.1 The Rising Sun 1
1.2 Fire of Life 3
1.3 Sunlight 5
1.4 Daytime Star 6
1.5 Cosmic Laboratory 8
1.6 Ingredients of the Sun 8
1.7 Children of the Stars 12
1.8 Describing the Radiation 12
1.9 Invisible Fires 15
Ch. 2 Energizing the Sun
2.1 Awesome Power, Enormous Times 19
2.2 The Sun's Central Pressure Cooker 20
2.3 Nuclear Fusion, Anti-Matter and Hydrogen Burning 23
2.4 Diluting the Radiation 28
Ch. 3 Ghostlike Neutrinos
3.1 The Elusive Neutrino 35
3.2 Neutrinos from the Sun 38
3.3 Detecting Almost Nothing 41
3.4 Solving the Solar Neutrino Problem 47
Ch. 4 Taking the Pulse of the Sun
4.1 Trapped Sounds 53
4.2 Ode to the Sun 57
4.3 Looking Inside the Sun 61
4.4 Breaking the Symmetry 65
4.5 Back to the Future 70
Ch. 5 A Magnetic Star
5.1 Islands of Intense Magnetism 75
5.2 Bipolar Sunspots, Magnetic Loops and Active Regions 82
5.3 Cycles of Magnetic Activity 86
5.4 Internal Dynamo 90
Ch. 6 An Unseen World of Perpetual Change
6.1 The Sun's Visible Edge Is an Illusion 95
6.2 The Million-Degree Corona 104
6.3 Closed Coronal Loops and Open Coronal Holes 112
6.4 The Dynamic Ever-Changing Corona 118
6.5 The Eternal Solar Wind 119
6.6 Ulysses 126
6.7 The Distant Frontier 128
Ch. 7 The Violent Sun
7.1 Energetic Solar Activity 131
7.2 Solar Flares 134
7.3 Flare Radiation from Energetic Electrons 140
7.4 Energizing Solar Flares 143
7.5 Erupting Prominences 146
7.6 Coronal Mass Ejections 149
7.7 A Composite Model for Energetic Solar Activity 151
Ch. 8 Energizing Space
8.1 The Ingredients of Space 157
8.2 Probing the Solar Wind 158
8.3 Earth's Magnetic Cocoon 159
8.4 Penetrating Earth's Magnetic Defense 163
8.5 Storing Invisible Particles Within Earth's Magnetosphere 167
8.6 Active Experiments in Space 170
8.7 Northern and Southern Lights 173
8.8 Geomagnetic Storms 180
8.9 Astronauts and Satellites in Danger 184
8.10 Contemporary Solar-Terrestrial Research 190
Ch. 9 Transforming the Earth's Life-Sustaining Atmosphere
9.1 Fragile Planet Earth - The View from Space 193
9.2 The Life-Saving Greenhouse Effect 197
9.3 The Earth's Changing Atmosphere 199
9.4 Our Sun-Layered Atmosphere 202
9.5 The Inconstant Sun 206
9.6 Solar Ultraviolet and Terrestrial Ozone 212
9.7 The Vanishing Ozone 215
9.8 Healing the Planet 221
Ch. 10 Fire and Ice
10.1 Clear Skies and Stormy Weather 225
10.2 Turning on the Heat 227
10.3 Solar Radiation and Global Warming 233
10.4 Consequences of Overheating the Earth 236
10.5 Life in the Fast Lane 238
10.6 Over the Long Haul 243
Glossary 253
Quotation References 261
Further Reading 265
Author Index 271
Subject Index 273
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