The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Sun

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Penguin, 2003 - Nature - 350 pages
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Everything revolves around it...and now skywatchers and armchair scientists can learn all about the origin and history of the sun. With information on the sun's physical properties; how solar flares, sunspots, and winds on its surface affect Earth's atmosphere and environment; solar and lunar eclipses, transits, and occultations, and early astronomers' discoveries about the sun, including Galileo, Copernicus, Francis Bailey, and the Mayans.
  

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Jay Pasachoff went to grad school at Caltech, and is on sabbatical for the 2008-2009 school year here.

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Contents

What the Sun Looks Like
1
The Sun Shines on Us
3
Solar Safety
4
The Quiet Sun
5
The Suns Lower Atmosphere
6
Above the Top
8
The Sun as a Star
11
The Active Sun
13
Eclipses in Europe
151
Recent American Eclipses
152
Eclipses and Elephants
154
Outback Eclipse
155
To Be in the Moons Shadow
157
The Dregs
161
Eclipse Viewing and Photography
162
Venus Tries to Cover Immodestly
169

Dark Spots Are Really Bright
14
From Your Refrigerator to Your Sun
15
Sunspot Cycle
17
The Spinning Sun
19
Leading and Trailing
20
The Spectrum
22
Butterflies
23
Seeing the Invisible
27
Invisibly Radiating
29
Invisibly Central
30
Invisibly Blocked
33
Invisible Neutrinos
35
The Sun Goes Up the Sun Goes Down
39
Sunrise Sunset
40
Solstices and Equinoxes
41
Princess Summerfallwinterspring
44
Figure 8s in the Sky
45
In the Zone
47
Saving Daylight
48
Keeping the Calendar
49
Our SunLooking Good
51
Why Is the Sky Blue?
53
What Is the Green Flash?
54
Rainbows
55
Dogs and Pillars in the Sky
56
Static May Fade Here Comes the Sun
57
Planets from Afar
59
The Sun Through Time
61
The Sun as a Star
63
Whither the Sun
66
The Sun Is a Star
69
The Sun and Civilization
73
Where Comes the Sun?
76
Who Found Sunspots?
77
Cathedrals and Sunshine
79
South of the Border
82
Astronomy of The People
83
The Birth of the Sun
85
Riding Madly Off in All Directions
87
Flickering Starlight
88
The Sun at the Center
91
Galileo on Your Side Nicky
93
Kepler Controls the Universe
95
Imperfection
98
The Death of the Sun
103
Not a Planet After All
106
We Wont Blow Up
108
Our Ultimate Resting Place
109
Eclipses of the Sun
111
Who Stole the Sun?
113
High Drama in the Sky
117
Squashed and Flat
119
The End of Glory
121
Saros and Cycles
123
Over and Over but Not Quite the Same
127
Eclipses and World Travelers
130
Helium Only on the Sun
133
Only on the Sun
138
A Laboratory in the Sky
141
To the Ends of the Earth
147
As Long as Can Be
148
Rooting for Extreme Cold
150
Mercury to the Rescue
177
Our Time Has Come
179
The Sun from Mountaintops
183
High Above the Clouds
185
The Sun Isnt Up at Night
187
Let It All Come Through
191
Sunspot New Mexico and the House of the Sun
195
California Dreaming
201
Synoptic SOLIS
202
Canaries and the Big Dog
205
Indian Idyl
208
The Other Alps
209
Where Oh Where Will My Telescope Go?
210
Ringing Like a Bell
215
Whats Behind?
220
Round the World in Six Stops
222
The Sun from Space
225
Above the Air Is Better
227
Solar to the Max
232
Sunbeam
237
Solar Rockets
239
Yohkohs Decade
241
Exploring Small
243
Yo Ho SOHO
247
SOHOs Coronal Science
249
Blowing in the Wind
255
TRACEinq Out the Loops
259
Youll Think Youre Up Close
260
Ultra and Beyond
262
The Sun Is Loopy
263
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
265
No Rolling Stones
267
Plunging into the Sun
269
STEREO Views
271
Activity Over Time
273
Solar Probe
274
The Longer Term
275
Can We Do It?
277
The SunEarth Connection
279
Constancy Thy Name Isnt the Sun
281
The Solar Parameter?
282
Is the Sun Going Away?
283
Monitoring Our Lifeline
286
Chiaroscuro
287
Is the Sun Round?
289
The Sun and Weather
290
Greenhouses of Salt
293
Energy In and Out
294
Not Your Ordinary Greenhouse
295
The Forecast Today Is Flares
305
Glossary
315
Online Solar Glossaries
321
Solar Observatories
323
Eclipses
324
Future Solar Satellites and Programs
325
Past Spacecraft
326
Solar Web Information
327
Astronomy Clubs and Solar Interest Groups
329
A Word on Temperature
333
Selected Readings
335
Index
339
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About the author (2003)

Dr. Jay Pasachoff received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1969. Since 1972, he has been the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams University and the Director of Hopkins Observatory. He is also researcher at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and currently is a visiting scientist at Harvard University's Department of Astronomy, as well as the chair of the Working Group on Solar Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union. Dr. Pasachoff is the author of A Field Guide of Planets and Stars, Fourth Edition, and Nearest Star: Surprising Science of Our Sun (with Leon Glub).

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