- Series: Astrophysics and Space Science Library (Book 376)
- Hardcover: 244 pages
- Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (May 17, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441987886
- ISBN-13: 978-1441987884
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,287,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Coronal Mass Ejections: An Introduction (Astrophysics and Space Science Library) 2011th Edition
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From the Back Cover
In times of growing technological sophistication and of our dependence on electronic technology, we are all affected by space weather. In its most extreme form, space weather can disrupt communications, damage and destroy spacecraft and power stations, and increase radiation exposure to astronauts and airline passengers. Major space weather events, called geomagnetic storms, are large disruptions in the Earth’s magnetic field brought about by the arrival of enormous magnetized plasma clouds from the Sun. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) contain billions of tons of plasma and hurtle through space at speeds of several million miles per hour. Understanding coronal mass ejections and their impact on the Earth is of great interest to both the scientific and technological communities.
This book provides an introduction to coronal mass ejections, including a history of their observation and scientific revelations, instruments and theory behind their detection and measurement, and the status quo of theories describing their onset and evolution through the heliosphere. We present the story behind the life of a CME, from its magnetic field origins in the solar corona and photosphere to its eventual fate deep in the heliosphere. The intention is to provide an easily accessible resource for those who are seeking to learn more about this fascinating and crucial natural phenomenon.
About the Author
Dr. Timothy Howard is a Senior Research Scientist conducting space physics research at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He received his PhD in Space and Plasma Physics from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2003. He has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Space Physics at the National Solar Observatory, Montana State University, and Solar Physics at the University of Birmingham (UK). He has published over 30 refereed publications in various astrophysics and solar science journals and has had work presented at over 50 national and international meetings.
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