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Guide to the sun

Author: Kenneth J H Phillips
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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This book is an account of the latest developments in studies of our nearest star.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth J H Phillips
ISBN: 052139483X 9780521394833 052139788X 9780521397889
OCLC Number: 24668571
Description: xiv, 386 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The history of solar observation: from sun worship to the space age. 1.1. Early ideas about the sun. 1.2. Sunspot observations. 1.3. The aurora. 1.4. Solar spectroscopy. 1.5. Solar eclipses and the solar atmosphere. 1.6. Application of photography. 1.7. Spectroheliography and solar magnetic fields. 1.8. The sun and relativity. 1.9. Solar-terrestrial connections. 1.10. Measurements of solar energy. 1.11. The nature of the sun. 1.12. Radio astronomy and the space age --
2. The solar interior. 2.1. Structure of the interior and its energy source. 2.2. The neutrino problem. 2.3. Solar oscillations. 2.4. The origin of the sun's magnetic field --
3. The solar photosphere. 3.1. The solar granulation and other fine structure. 3.2. The solar differential rotation and large-scale flows. 3.3. The solar diameter. 3.4. Radiation from the photosphere: the temperature minimum. 3.5. The Fraunhofer lines. 3.6. Broadening and splitting of spectral lines. 3.7. The photosphere's chemical composition. 3.8. The photospheric magnetic field --
4. The solar chromosphere. 4.1. The chromosphere in profile. 4.2. The chromospheric Fraunhofer lines. 4.3. The chromosphere in spectroheliograms. 4.4. The chromosphere in non-visible wavelengths: the transition region. 4.5. The nature and heating of the chromosphere --
5. The solar corona. 5.1. The white-light corona. 5.2. The hot corona. 5.3. Coronal radiation in non-visible wavelengths. 5.4. The form of the corona: coronal holes. 5.5. Coronal magnetic fields. 5.6. Quiescent prominences. 5.7. Heating of the corona --
6. The active sun. 6.1. Sunspots. 6.2. Active regions. 6.3. Solar flares. 6.4. Coronal mass ejections. 6.5. Theories of solar activity --
7. The sun and the solar system. 7.1. The sun's gravitation and the solar system. 7.2. The solar wind. 7.3. Interaction of the solar wind with the planets and comets. 7.4. Geomagnetic disturbances and the aurora. 7.5. The sun and the earth's atmosphere: the ionosphere. 7.6. The earth's weather and climate. 7.7. Human activities and the earth's atmosphere --
8. The sun and other stars. 8.1. The sun as a star. 8.2. Properties of stars. 8.3. Evolution of the sun and other stars. 8.4. Stellar chromospheres, coronae and winds. 8.5. Stellar activity. 8.6. Asteroseismology --
9. Solar energy. 9.1. Amount of solar energy. 9.2. Solar insolation. 9.3. Harnessing solar energy: photosynthesis. 9.4. Harnessing solar energy: thermal systems. 9.5. Harnessing solar energy: the solar cell. 9.6. Harnessing indirect forms of solar energy --
10. Observing the sun. 10.1. Optical instruments and observatories. 10.2. Solar radio telescopes. 10.3. Solar spacecraft observatories. 10.4. Observing the sun for amateurs --
Epilogue: future directions --
App. 1: Physical and astronomical constants --
App. 2: Finding the heliographic co-ordinates of a sunspot.
Responsibility: Kenneth J.H. Phillips.
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