|Title:||The Cambridge encyclopedia of the sun|
|Authors:||Kenneth R. Lang|
|Publisher:||Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-0-521-78093-3|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
The Sun provides most of the energy on Earth. Hydrocarbon fuels are fossilized solar power, energy originally from the Sun that Earth has stored for millions of years. Planet Earth glides through the solar system at just the right distance from the Sun for abundant life to flourish while all other planets either freeze or fry: the Sun keeps us just in the right temperature range to keep most of our water liquid. As humans we are more intimately linked with the life-sustaining Sun than with any other astronomical object.
In less than a decade three modern spacecraft have provided more important new information about the Sun than the entire previous century of observations. Instruments have extended our gaze far from the visible, spanning a spectrum running from radio waves to gamma rays.
The Sun is under continuous observation, every nuance of its changing behavior captured by state-of-the-art technology.
"The Cambridge encyclopedia of the sun" is a complete modern guide to this fire of life, our nearest star. It provides comprehensive accounts of the most recent discoveries, such as the neutrino observations which may be revealing a completely new physics. A description of the use of sound waves to peer deep into the Sun's inner regions and measure temperature right down to the central nuclear reactor is included, and the awesome ejections of matter from the Sun's outer regions and their potential threat to Earth are also discussed.
This reference work is completed by a full bibliography, a list of internet sites, and a glossary so comprehensive as to constitute a dictionary of solar astronomy.
Copies in the Library (1)
|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|009671||QB521.L24 2001||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Reference section||Not for loan|