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The Northern Lights: Secrets of the Aurora Borealis presents the most up-to-date information on the science, history, and mythology behind the magical light of the aurora. Illustrated throughout with stunning photographs, woodcuts depicting the wonder of the ancients, plus explanatory diagrams, charts, and satellite photographs, The Northern Lights offers a crucial guide for serious aurora watchers and casual sky gazers alike. Book jacket.
Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu, one of the world's foremost authorities on the aurora, explains the solar-driven electromagnetic forces that produce the auroral phenomenon, sums up the state of auroral science today, and ponders aspects of the aurora still not understood. Dr. Akasofu came to Alaska from Japan in 1958 to study at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he received his Ph.D. By 1981, his auroral research earned him the distinction of being one of the one thousand most-cited contemporary scientists. He is the founding director of the International Arctic Research Center in Fairbanks.
Table of Contents
|Auroral Legends||p. 15|
|Auroral Sightings in Ancient Times and Medieval Days||p. 25|
|The Aurora and Polar Explorers||p. 31|
|The Aurora and Northern Settlers||p. 51|
|Earliest Ideas About the Aurora||p. 65|
|Pioneers of Modern Auroral Science||p. 77|
|Basic Facts About the Aurora||p. 87|
|Auroral Displays: Auroral Substorm||p. 113|
|What Kind of Auroral Displays Are You Watching?||p. 121|
|Solving the Riddle of the Aurora||p. 139|
|Solar Actions||p. 153|
|Recent Progress in Auroral Science: Summary and Unsolved Problems||p. 163|
|Photographing the Aurora||p. 177|
|About the Author||p. 192|
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