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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241963559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241963555
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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This is a fabulous introduction to our home star, written with an insight and an enthusiasm that makes it very approachable... there's far more to the Sun than you might suspect (Helen Czerski, author of 'The Storm in a Teacup')

Wonderful...makes you simply gaze out of the window pondering for a while. The future of solar science is bright, and Lucie Green an inspiring guide (Lewis Dartnell Daily Telegraph)

This book takes a fascinating look at a literally brilliant subject... one of the most enjoyable books about science you could hope to find (Paul Sutherland Book of the Month - BBC Sky at Night Magazine)

Thrilling ... Lucie Green's huge enthusiasm for the Sun is apparent throughout (Pippa Goldschmidt Spectator)

Green, a solar physicist at University College London, is an engaging and careful companion. She is clearly enamoured of her subject and keen to acknowledge those who have gone before her ... Reading this book confirms what I felt as a student: that truly understanding the Sun is as much about philosophy as it is about physics (Anjana Ahuja Financial Times)

Green's enthusiasm for her subject is infectious ... [a] fine book (Marcus Chown Times Higher Education)

The author's passionate enthusiasm for her subject shines through on every page ... an outstanding and eminently readable book which conveys a remarkably comprehensive and wide-ranging account of our nearest star (Iain Nicholson Astronomy Now)

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Light takes eight minutes to reach Earth from the surface of the Sun. But its journey within the Sun takes hundreds of thousands of years. What is going on in there? What are light and heat? How does the Sun produce them and how on earth did scientists discover this?

In this astonishing and enlightening adventure, you'll 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 threaten everything we know. And you'll meet the groundbreaking scientists, including the author, who pieced this extraordinary story together. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An excellent introduction to our local star that any amateur astronomy should include in their book collection. Well written by a very capable solar scientist, with many areas of this potentially difficult subject explained with enough science and information to whet the appetite for further in depth study. I am also in that fortunate bracket of having my own hydrogen alpha telescope and this book has helped me to further understand our local star and how it operates.
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Enthusiasts for their subject are by no means rare; enthusiasts who are both able and willing to share their enthusiasm, lucidly, clearly, and without unduly alarming the novice, are rather rarer. Professor Lucie Green is of this second type. She explains What we know about the Sun, How and Why we know it, and Where it was discovered, When, and by Whom (apologies to Kipling!). By reminding us of earlier discoveries, she ensures that we don't lose sight of those in the excitement of learning more, and helps to stitch the information together to create a seamles whole, a portrait of the Sun as we see it now.

This is not a book to be read as if it were a novel - there is much that had me furrowing my brow, trusting that all would become clear in due course. It always did, and along the way, there were several points at which I found myself chuckling aloud. All in all, a complete delight, and I look forward to re-reading the book in a few months.
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Anyone who's lucky enough to have heard Professor Lucie Green speak in public or to have seen her on television will recognise the passion she has for the sun in 15 Million Degrees. Her gift is making the content of the book cerebral enough for those in the know yet accessible to the non-expert. There is plenty of illustrated information about what is going on at the centre of our solar system and how the stormy 'space weather' affects or could affect us here on Earth. Equally interesting is reading how giants of the Science world such as Faraday, Kepler and Einstein made their discoveries on the back of which modern research is conducted.
This book will give you information you'll feel that you ought to know about your own star and what might happen to it and us in the future.
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I am fortunate to have the equipment and telescopes which allows me, as an amateur, to observe the sun in white light and h-alpha. I have also read books on the sun by many authors ranging from introductory to the slightly more technical and I must congratulate Lucie Greene on an excellent book. This book is not only for the newcomer who is interested in the sun but will be a valuable addition to my library. Her book is well structured in its intention to advise and inform and her enthusiasm for her subject is refreshing. From my perspective I did learn things I did not know and the rewarding aspect for me is that I now have a better and clearer understanding of the main solar features such as flares, mass ejections from the sun and the interaction of the sun's magnetic field with that of the earth's. In my opinion Lucie Green has raised the bar and set a new benchmark in writing this book not only for beginners but for People like me. Oh to see a white light solar flare!!!
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This book is a very easy read. For the general reader, it explains in clear language how the sun came to be and how it functions. I'd no idea how much is going on in and outside of the sun's core. It was fascinating to learning that it takes 170,000 years for photons to reach the surface of the sun from its core. A must read for anyone with a curiosity about our solar system.
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I have read numerous accounts about the sun down the years, but this book gives a clear and most importantly up to date description of our nearest star. She admits solar astronomy is not in the very front line in the popularity stakes, where black holes and dark matter dominate the headlines, but the sun's influence on our lives can never be understated. Surely it is important to record or even predict major events that affect our communications and weather. The energy output varies with the sunspot cyclr but far less than the effects of human induced climate change, something to attack the vociferous global warming deniers.

Lucie is keen to point out the contributions of women to astronomy. Historically, they have been disgracefully neglected and of course they should take their place alongside men without any special mention.

This book is aimed at the general reader, something nearly all similar books claim. In reality, most readers will already have a keen interest in science. The description of the complex interactions of the magnetic field are a challenge - and of course there is work to do on these. No doubt there is a lot of high end computer modelling behind the thankfully brief outline and diagrams described here.

The title is intriguing. If you round the real figure, it should be 16 million degrees and the main account starts at the centre of the sun and moves outwards.
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I have had a lifetime interest in astronomy, albeit at an amateur level. In recent years I have got more fascinated by our Sun, and found that there are relatively few books on the market that cover this object, compared to many astronomical bodies, at least at the level understandable by a non professional. Lucie Green has made a big dent into this lack of information. I have really enjoyed reading her book. Her natural enthusiasm for the subject comes across in abundance, as it does on her tv appearances, making this book interesting and easy to read. Some of the subject matter concerns what are very complicated processes, but the author does well to explain this in terms that the layman to the subject can understand. It has certainly increased my interest in all solar matters, and I recommend this book to all with similar interests.
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