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The Northern Lights : secrets of the Aurora Borealis

Author: Syun-Ichi Akasofu; Jack Finch; Jan Curtis; Tricia Brown
Publisher: Portland, OR : Alaska Northwest Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New edView all editions and formats
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Since ancient times, mankind's fascination with the awe-inspiring aurora has been reflected in legends and journals. Yet it wasn't until 1905 that researchers first began to understand the science behind the northern lights. In the last one hundred years, scientists have learned much more, but they still don't have all the answers. This book presents information on the science, history, and mythology behind the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Syun-Ichi Akasofu; Jack Finch; Jan Curtis; Tricia Brown
ISBN: 9780882407555 0882407554
OCLC Number: 233931374
Notes: Prev. ed.: Secrets of the Aurora Borealis. Anchorage : Alaska Geographic Society, 2002.
Description: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Auroral legends --
Auroral sightings in ancient times and medieval days --
The Aurora and polar explorers --
The Aurora and northern settlers --
Earliest ideas about the Aurora --
Pioneers of modern Auroral science --
Basic facts about the Aurora --
Auroral displays: auroral substorm --
What kind of auroral displays are you watching? --
Solving the riddle of the Aurora --
Solar actions --
21st-century progress in Auroral science --
Photographing the Aurora.
Responsibility: by Dr. Syun-Ichi Akasofu ; in collaboration with Jack Finch and Jan Curtis ; edited by Tricia Brown.

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Since ancient times, mankind's fascination with the awe-inspiring aurora has been reflected in legends and journals. Yet it wasn't until 1905 that researchers first began to understand the science behind the northern lights. In the last one hundred years, scientists have learned much more, but they still don't have all the answers. This book presents information on the science, history, and mythology behind the magical light of the aurora. Illustrated throughout with photographs, woodcuts depicting the wonder of the ancients, plus explanatory diagrams, charts, and satellite photographs, this guide is for both the serious aurora watchers and the casual sky gazers.

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