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The Enigma of Sunspots: A Story of Discovery and Scientific Revolution Judit Brody

The Enigma of Sunspots: A Story of Discovery and Scientific Revolution

Judit Brody

Published August 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780863153709
Paperback
191 pages
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Sunspots are dark areas of irregular shape on the Suns surface, some as large as 50,000 miles (80,000 km) in diameter. They move across the surface, contracting and expanding as they go, and are often big enough to be seen with the naked eye. GivenMoreSunspots are dark areas of irregular shape on the Suns surface, some as large as 50,000 miles (80,000 km) in diameter. They move across the surface, contracting and expanding as they go, and are often big enough to be seen with the naked eye. Given their elusive cyclical nature, and the fact that it is both painful and dangerous to observe the Sun directly, it is little wonder that records of sunspots are almost non-existent in Europe before the 17th century. Mentions of sunspots were ignored by eary astronomers and philosophers, who followed Aristotle in believing that the heavens were perfect. Judit Brody charts the fascinating history of our efforts to understand sunspots, and the lives and quarrels of those dedicated astronomers who first charted their mysterious patterns and whose records are still of vital importance. Today solar emissions are thought to coincide with major effects in global weather patterns, and a deeper scientific understanding of the Suns nature and behaviour, using modern telescopes and other instruments, has never been more important.