The centre of our solar system is a star 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 fuel.

For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk on the sky. However, the Sun is a stormy and variable star and contributes with much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern 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.

Our Explosive Sun includes 143 color illustrations and photos of the Sun, several of which were made especially for the book and have never been published before. Additional material, available via Springer Extras, includes a large number of animations and video material. A PowerPoint presentation of the book is a useful resource for teachers.

Gif animation with more samples from the Norwegian edition  (barnebok-anim.gif)

Link to the book on Springer

The Explosive Sun: Source of Light, Life and Stunning images

Springer: ISBN 978-1-4614-0570-2

A new fact book abou the Sun for all ages and everyone who wants to know more about the

mysteries of the Sun´s and how if affects us all. Including our technology based society.

It was selected by the Art Council of Norway for their Purchasing  Programme 2010. The book includes 158 pages with 230 stunning pictures and illustrations. About 30 very nice illustrations specially made for this book and have never been published before.

«The Northern Lights - a Guide» is available at YPD Books

Watching the northern lights or “aurora borealis” dancing over a clear winter’s night sky is one of the most spectacular and awe-inspiring sights that the natural world can offer.

What causes the auroras? When is the best time to look for them? Where is the best place to see them? Do I have to go to the north? What is needed to observe the auroras? How to photograph auroras with a digital camera?

This book covers information about how our understanding of auroras has evolved from myth to modern science. It explains in easy-to-read language how we can predict and forecast when and where strong northern lights are likely to occur by monitoring the activity of the Sun and it provides practical information about the best strategies to observe and record auroras.

Whether pursuing a lifelong dream of once witnessing the northern lights, or living in a place where auroras can be seen on a regular basis, this is the ultimate guide and an ideal companion for anyone who wishes to learn more about auroras and how to observe and successfully photograph this spectacular natural phenomenon with a digital camera.

New book about the Northern Lights

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