Our Explosive Sun – A Visual Feast of Our Source of Light and Life

by Pål Brekke

A new popular science book about the Sun written by Pål Brekke has just been  released by Springer.  The book examines the many ways that the Sun impacts our world, including the beautiful northern and southern lights, and how greatly the Sun affects our technology-based society. The book includes a lot of animations and a PowerPoint version of the book for teachers. The book will also be available as eBook and Kindle versions.

More Information About the Book from the Back Cover

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.

More Information About the Author

Pal Brekke

Pål Brekke is a Norwegian solar physicist with a doctorate from the University of Oslo in astrophysics and is now a senior advisor for the Norwegian Space Centre . He has worked with state-of-art space-based solar telescopes since 1985 and has published many academic papers, including more than 30 popular science articles. Pål wrote much of this material while working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA, as the Deputy Project Scientist for the SOHO mission.