15 Million Degrees

Not long ago it was thought that the Sun was simply a gigantic ball of burning gas which radiates light and heat out into the solar system. Turns out it’s a lot more complicated than that. Professor Lucie Green, solar physicist at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, (http://luciegreen.com/)¬†is just the person to offer a packaged summary of recent discoveries about our own star.

The Sun’s temperature is¬†15 million degrees at its core. It has¬†an atmosphere so huge that Earth and most of the solar system¬†is actually within it. Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from¬†its surface but its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years!

In this astonishing and enlightening adventure with Lucie Green, you’ll be able to¬†travel millions of miles from inside the Sun to its surface and to Earth, where the light at the end of its journey is allowing you to read right now. You’ll discover how the Sun works (including what it sounds like), the latest research in solar physics and how a solar storm could damage all our communications technologies.¬† Additionally¬†you’ll meet the ground-breaking scientists, including the author, who pieced this extraordinary story together.

An excellent popular science book for all to enjoy. Enquire at your local library or consult  https://www.amazon.co.uk/15-Million-Degrees-Journey-Centre/dp/0670922188/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461673415&sr=8-1&keywords=15+million+degrees  for full bibliographic detail.

 

304 pages in Viking

First published 2016

ISBN  978-0670922185

 

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Professor Lucie Green

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