The Sun

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-28
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag

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The Sun is an account of the many ways in which our nearest star affects our planet, how its influence has changed over the last few centuries and millennia, and the extent to which we can predict its future impact. The Sun's rays foster the formation of Vitamin D by our bodies, but it can also promote skin cancer, cataracts, and mutations in our DNA. Besides providing the warmth and light essential to most animal and plant life, solar energy contributes substantially to global warming. Although the charged particles of the solar wind shield us from harmful cosmic rays, solar storms may damage artificial satellites and cripple communication systems and computer networks. The Sun is the ideal renewable energy source, but its exploitation is still bedevilled by the problems of storage and distribution. Our nearest star, in short, is a complex machine which needs to be treated with caution, and this book will equip every reader with the knowledge that is required to understand the benefits and dangers it can bring.

Table of Contents

Looking at the Sunp. 1
Sun as clockp. 1
The solar yearp. 3
Sun as godp. 5
Eclipse as weaponp. 7
The Sun as astronomical objectp. 10
Sunspotsp. 10
Colour codingp. 11
A layered Sunp. 16
Satellitesp. 19
Proxies and aliasesp. 22
Inside the Sunp. 25
A new source of solar energyp. 27
The solar onionp. 29
The magnetic Sunp. 34
Other sunsp. 37
Other solar systemsp. 41
The Changeable Sunp. 43
The young Sunp. 43
The middle-aged Sunp. 44
Sunspots and aurorasp. 47
Shortlived eventsp. 54
Sun and Climatep. 61
The faint young Sunp. 63
Ice agesp. 64
Climate in historyp. 68
The missing linkp. 71
Shifting climatesp. 73
Sun and Lifep. 79
Early daysp. 79
Getting therep. 84
Ice and wavesp. 85
Human originsp. 88
Sun and Healthp. 91
Wavelengthsp. 91
SADp. 95
Skinp. 96
Bonep. 101
Eyesp. 104
Space Weatherp. 107
Communicationsp. 91
Satellitesp. 95
Power grids and pipelinesp. 96
The human targetp. 101
Forecastingp. 104
Solar Energyp. 121
Passive solar powerp. 122
Solar heatingp. 125
Photovoltaicsp. 127
A modest solutionp. 132
Endnotesp. 135
Referencesp. 143
Indexp. 151
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