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The Sun: A Very Short Introduction By Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)

The Sun: A Very Short Introduction
by Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)

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Without the Sun, our planet - and life on it - would not exist. As our nearest star, the Sun is also important for astronomers and still presents many puzzles. Philip Judge explains what we know about the Sun's structure and evolution, solar phenomena, and the impact of solar activity on the Earth.
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The Sun: A Very Short Introduction by Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)

The Sun, as our nearest star, is of enormous importance for life on Earth - providing the warm radiation and light which allowed complex life to evolve. The Sun plays a key role in influencing our climate, whilst solar storms and high-energy events can threaten our communication infrastructure and satellites. This Very Short Introduction explores what we know about the Sun, its physics, its structure, origins, and future evolution. Philip Judge explains some of the remaining puzzles about the Sun that still confound us, using elementary physics, and mathematical concepts. Why does the Sun form spots? Why does it flare? As he shows, these and other nagging difficulties relate to the Sun's continually variable magnetism, which converts an otherwise dull star into a machine for flooding interplanetary space with variable radiation, high-energy particles and magnetic ejections. Throughout, Judge highlights the many reasons that the Sun is important, and why scientists engage in solar research. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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About Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)


With over three decades of research in astronomy and solar physics, Philip Judge travels worldwide to share knowledge and mentor and train the next generation of scientists. He is based in Boulder, Colorado where he works as a staff member at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the National Solar Observatory.

Table of Contents


1: The Sun, our star 2: The Sun's life-cycle 3: Spots and magnetic fields 4: The dynamic corona 5: Solar impacts on Earth Further Reading Index

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The Sun: A Very Short Introduction by Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Philip Judge (Senior Scientist, Senior Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Very Short Introductions
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Oxford University Press
2020-05-07
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0198832699
9780198832690
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