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The Sun Today

The Sun Today

Publisher Springer Nature Customer Service Center GmbH
Year 01/01/2019
Edition First
Pages 111
Version paperback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
Language English
ISBN 9783030040789
Categories Solar system: the Sun & planets, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Earth sciences, Global warming
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There are several billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. One of them is the middle-aged G2V yellow dwarf that rules our lives. The Sun Today discusses the Sun's appearance and composition, its internal workings, and the various kinds of radiation it emits, and it puts forward a novel explanation for coronal heating. The book draws on the findings of telescopic observation, space missions, and technical and theoretical advances in many fields, and shows why we need to know more if we are to understand and manage our foothold in the Universe. From the reviews of other books by Claudio Vita-Finzi: The Sun - A User's Manual (2008) ....this, jargon-free, concise, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable book ... D.W. Hughes, Times Literary Supplement Solar History (2013) ....a book that is supremely informative, intensely stimulating and enjoyable to read... Ian Seymour, Astronomy Now A History of the Solar System (2016) ...there is a huge amount of useful information in this book that would benefit anyone who needed more detail than is available in a typical popular science title. Brian Clegg, Popular Science

The Sun Today

Table of contents


1. A commonplace star

A G2V star

Sun-like stars

Observing the Sun

2.An inconstant star

The solar constant

Spectral effects

3.Solar composition

The photosphere



The solar body

Solar volume

Solar diameter

Waves and vibrations

5. The solar furnace

The nuclear core

Coronal heating

6. Solar magnetism

The heliosphere

The Global Field

Magnetic structures on the solar surface

Impact on the Earth

7. Sun and weather

Galactic cosmic rays




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