The Sun Today

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There are several billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. One of them is the middle-aged G2V yellow dwarf that rules our lives. The Sun Today discusses the Sun’s appearance and composition, its internal workings, and the various kinds of radiation it emits, and it puts forward a novel explanation for coronal heating. The book draws on the findings of telescopic observation, space missions, and technical and theoretical advances in many fields, and shows why we need to know more if we are to understand and manage our foothold in the Universe.

From the reviews of other books by Claudio Vita-Finzi:

The Sun – A User’s Manual (2008)

….this, jargon-free, concise, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable book

D.W. Hughes, Times Literary Supplement

Solar History (2013)

....a book that is supremely informative, intensely stimulating and enjoyable to read...
Ian Seymour, Astronomy Now

A History of the Solar System (2016)

...there is a huge amount of useful information in this book that would benefit anyone who needed more detail than is available in a typical popular science title.
Brian Clegg, Popular Science


Claudio Vita-Finzi

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Illustrations Note:
3 schwarz-weiße und 67 farbige Abbildungen, 70 farbige Tabellen, Bibliographie
Reveals the different ways in which the Sun's activity is constantly changing
Shows how the Sun's variability influences the Earth's atmosphere and magnetism, sometimes dangerously
Brings together data gathered over the years by numerous satellites and observatories
Shows how these observations bear on the inner workings of the Sun and other stars
Aimed at a general readership
Media Type:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Claudio Vita-Finzi was born in Sydney, Australia, and educated in Argentina and the UK (BSc, PhD, ScD were all obtained at Cambridge University). He taught Geology and Planetary Science at University College London before moving to the Natural History Museum where he has been Scientific Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences working on solar fluctuations since 2001. He was awarded the Warren Prize of the US Academy of Sciences in 1994 and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1997 and the British Academy in 2012. His books include The Mediterranean Valleys (1969), Recent Earth History (1973), Archaeological Sites (1978), Recent Earth Movements (1986), Monitoring the Earth (2002), Planetary Geology (2005), The Sun: A User's Manual (2008), Solar History (2012), and A History of the Solar System (2016), the last three published by Springer.

"I would recommend the book to geo- and helio-physicists who are already somewhat familiar with the subject, as the book encapsulates our present knowledge on our closest star that creates the environment supporting our existence and driving dynamics on Earth." (Janusz Sylwester, The Observatory, Vol. 139 (1272), October, 2019)

"The book is brimming with scientific knowledge and captivates by summarizing the latest Sun research results in an understandable way. Each chapter has a detailed list of source references and points to more detailed scientific information. ... The book is a stroke of luck for passionate space researchers and sky watchers." (Joachim J. Kehr, Journal of Space Operations & Communicator, Vol. 16 (2), April 01, 2019)
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Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
31 January 2019
Package Dimensions:
0.234 x 0.154 x 0.006 m; 0.226 kg
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