336 pages, 16 colour & 107 b/w illustrations, 1 map, 2 tables
How did the Sun evolve, and what will it become? What is the origin of its light and heat? How does solar activity affect the atmospheric conditions that make life on Earth possible? These are the questions at the heart of solar physics, and at the core of Nearest Star. The Sun is the only star near enough to study in sufficient detail to provide rigorous tests of our theories and help us understand the more distant and exotic objects throughout the cosmos. Having observed the Sun using both ground-based and spaceborne instruments, the authors bring their extensive personal experience to this story revealing what we have discovered about phenomena from eclipses to neutrinos, space weather, and global warming. This second edition is updated throughout, and features results from the current spacecraft that are aloft, especially NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, for which one of the authors designed some of the telescopes.
1. The Sun
2. The once and future Sun
3. What we see: the solar disk
4. What we don't see
6. Space missions
7. Between fire and ice
8. Space weather
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Leon Golub is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and is the head of one of the teams working with NASA's Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) spacecraft. Jay M. Pasachoff is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and, having viewed 30 solar eclipses, is Chair of the Working Group on Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union.