Contemporary History

  • Claudio Vita-FinziEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Astronomy book series (BRIEFSASTRON)


Early attempts to monitor current changes in the Sun necessarily focused on sunspot patterns and solar diameter. The emphasis has shifted to the Sun’s internal workings, its magnetism, and its output of radiation, plasma and particles, but thanks to improved instrumentation the direct assessment of changes in solar emission is now possible at intervals as short as a few microseconds and, besides revealing variations in the extent and timing of oscillations at different wavelengths, the new data make it possible to trace the evolution of individual sunspots, the onset and progress of flares, and changes in the magnetic flux. Global helioseismology yields information about solar structure in general while local helioseismology bears on three-dimensional structure and dynamics. Processes which underpin secular solar history, such as the creation of cosmogenic isotopes, are also clarified by the new data.


Helioseismology SOHO SDO PICARD  Sunspot Flare TSI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MineralogyNatural History MuseumLondonUK

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