The Northern Lights: Secrets of the Aurora Borealis

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Alaska Northwest Books
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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.

Author Biography

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

Acknowledgmentsp. 3
Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Auroral Legendsp. 15
Auroral Sightings in Ancient Times and Medieval Daysp. 25
The Aurora and Polar Explorersp. 31
The Aurora and Northern Settlersp. 51
Earliest Ideas About the Aurorap. 65
Pioneers of Modern Auroral Sciencep. 77
Basic Facts About the Aurorap. 87
Auroral Displays: Auroral Substormp. 113
What Kind of Auroral Displays Are You Watching?p. 121
Solving the Riddle of the Aurorap. 139
Solar Actionsp. 153
Recent Progress in Auroral Science: Summary and Unsolved Problemsp. 163
Photographing the Aurorap. 177
Glossaryp. 182
Bibliographyp. 184
Indexp. 188
About the Authorp. 192
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