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Sun A User's Manual

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ISBN-10: 1402068808

ISBN-13: 9781402068805

Edition: 2008

Authors: Claudio Vita-Finzi

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 9/24/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 156
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Looking at the Sun
Sun as clock
The solar year
Sun as god
Eclipse as weapon
The Sun as astronomical object
Sunspots
Colour coding
A layered Sun
Satellites
Proxies and aliases
Inside the Sun
A new source of solar energy
The solar onion
The magnetic Sun
Other suns
Other solar systems
The Changeable Sun
The young Sun
The middle-aged Sun
Sunspots and auroras
Shortlived events
Sun and Climate
The faint young Sun
Ice ages
Climate in history
The missing link
Shifting climates
Sun and Life
Early days
Getting there
Ice and waves
Human origins
Sun and Health
Wavelengths
SAD
Skin
Bone
Eyes
Space Weather
Communications
Satellites
Power grids and pipelines
The human target
Forecasting
Solar Energy
Passive solar power
Solar heating
Photovoltaics
A modest solution
Endnotes
References
Index