Our Explosive Sun

A Visual Feast of Our Source of Light and Life

  • Pal Brekke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Pål Brekke
    Pages 2-15
  3. Pål Brekke
    Pages 16-35
  4. Pål Brekke
    Pages 36-59
  5. Pål Brekke
    Pages 60-69
  6. Pål Brekke
    Pages 70-81
  7. Pål Brekke
    Pages 82-101
  8. Pål Brekke
    Pages 102-117
  9. Pål Brekke
    Pages 118-129
  10. Pål Brekke
    Pages 130-139
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 152-158

About this book


The center of our Solar System is a star, one among billions of stars in our own galaxy. This star, which we call the Sun, gives rise to all life on Earth, is the driver of the photosynthesis in plants, and is the source of all food, energy, and fossil fuels on Earth.

For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is in fact a stormy and variable star and contributes much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern and southern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways.

The Sun is, like astronomy in general, a good entrance to natural science, since it affects us in so many ways and connects us to many other fields of science, such as physics, chemistry, biology, and meteorology.

The book includes additional material on Springer Extras, a large number of animations and video material. A PowerPoint presentation of the book is also included there as a useful resource for teachers.


Northern lights Properties of the Sun Solar energy Solar observation Solar physics Solar research Solar research Solar storms Solar technologies Space weather Sun pictures movies The solar system

Authors and affiliations

  • Pal Brekke
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Space CentreOsloSvalbard

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0570-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0571-9
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