Space Weather, Environment and Societies
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Space Weather, Environment and Societies

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ISBN-13:
9781402043314
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
14.12.2005
Seiten:
256
Autor:
Jean Bornarel
Gewicht:
595 g
Format:
247x167x17 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Explains the physical way in such a way that people without physics background can understand it
Introduction. Acknowledgements.- The sun.- The formation of the stars and the sun.- The characteristics of the sun.- A representation of the sun.- The internal structure of the sun.- The photosphere, solar radiation, the solar wind.- The thermal profile of the solar atmosphere.- Solar dynamics.- The sun: at the source of space weather.- The earth.- The earth within the solar system.- The internal structure of the earth: the geomagnetic field.- The atmosphere of the earth.- The magnetosphere.- Toward a space weather.- The consequences of solar agressions on our technological environment.- Other impacts of solar activity.- Space weather in order to forecast.- Appendices.- A few useful constants.- References. Word glossary. Glossary of names. Acronyms and logos. Index.
Our planet exists within a space environment affected by constantly changing solar atmosphere producing cosmic particles and electromagnetic waves. This "space weather" profoundly influences the performance of our technology because we primarily use two means for transmitting information and energy; namely, electromagnetic waves and electricity. On an everyday basis, we have developed methods to cope with the normal conditions. However, the sun remains a fiery star whose 'angry' outbursts can potentially destroy spacecrafts, kill astronauts, melt electricity transformers, stop trains, and generally wreak havoc with human activities. Space Weather is the developing field within astronomy that aims at predicting the sun s violent activity and minimizing the impacts on our daily lives. Space Weather, Environment, and Societies explains why our technological societies are so dependent on solar activity and how the Sun disturbs the transmission of information and energy. Footnotes expand specific points and the appendices facilitate a more thorough command of the physics involved.