The Sun from Space, Volume 1

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jan 1, 2000 - Science - 357 pages
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The Sun from Space is a comprehensive account of solar astrophysics and how our perception and knowledge of this star have gradually evolved as mankind has elucidated ever more of its mysteries. The emphasis is on the last decade, which has seen three successful solar spacecraft missions: SOHO, Ulysses and Yohkoh. Together these have confirmed many aspects of the SUN and its output, and provided new clues to the numerous open questions that remain.
The author, a leading researcher in the field, writes in a clear and concise style. Known also for his famous books "Astrophysical Formulae," "Sun, Earth and Sky," and the prize-winning "Wanderers in Space," he has succeeded once again in addressing a complex scientific topic in a very approachable way. Hence, this generously illustrated book, whilst primarily addressing students, will also be of interest to a broader readership covering all levels from the amateur to the expert.
  

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Contents

Overview
1
12 The Sun Does Not Set for SOHO
3
13 Ulysses Moves into Unexplored Territory
8
14 Yohkoh Detects Unrest on an Awesome Scale
12
Overview
17
22 Touching the Unseen
28
23 Cosmic Rays
31
24 Pervasive Solar Magnetism
35
Table 52 Key events in studies of the solar wind
150
Overview
155
61 Brightening in the Chromosphere
156
62 Solar Radio Bursts
157
63 Xray Flares
166
64 Gamma Rays from Solar Flares
178
65 Magnetic Bubbles
182
66 Making Solar Explosions Happen
191

25 Invisible Radiation from the Sun
44
Table 28 Key events in the discovery of space
53
Overview
59
32 Taking the Suns Pulse
72
33 Looking Within the Sun
78
34 How the Sun Rotates Inside
83
35 Internal Flows
86
36 Sunquakes and Active Regions
91
Table 34 Key events in the development of helioseismology
93
Overview
95
42 Pumping up the Corona in Active Regions
99
43 Tuning in and Dropping out
105
44 Magnetic Connections in the Quiet Corona
110
Table 42 Key events in coronal heating studies
120
Overview
123
52 From Whence do the Winds Blow?
129
53 Some Like It Hot
138
54 Magnetized Waves Exotic Particles and the Edge of the Solar System
145
67 Interplanetary Protons Electrons and Shock Waves
200
Table 610 Key events in understanding explosive solar activity
205
Overview
211
71 Earths Magnetic Storms and the Aurora Lights
212
The Auroras Cosmic Neon Signs
219
72 Danger Blowing in the Wind
221
74 Varying Solar Activity and Climate Change
239
75 Climate Change over Millions and Billions of Years
253
Table 71 Key events in the discovery of solarterrestrial interactions
262
A SOHO Principal Investigators and Their Institutions
269
B Ulysses Principal Investigators and Their Institutions
270
I Fundamental Data
271
III Information About Other Solar Missions
272
VI Other Solar Topics
273
References
275
Author Index
337
Subject Index
343
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Kenneth R. Lang is Professor of Astronomy at Tufts University. He is the author of many popular astronomy books, including The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System, 2nd edition (2011), Sun, Earth, and Sky, 2nd edition (2006) and Wanderers in Space (1994). An expert in radio astronomy and astrophysics, his research examines how magnetic energy generates explosions on the Sun.

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