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Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences | Carl Størmer - Auroral Pioneer

Carl Størmer

Auroral Pioneer

Egeland, Alv, Burke, William J.

2013, VIII, 195 p. 131 illus., 105 illus. in color.

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  • Unfolds the complexity and beauty of aurora borealis for a general audience in easy to understand prose
  • Demonstrates how a dedicated scientist could resolve mysteries of space using just groundbased observations
  • Provides a realistic basis for understanding how the space-age world we live in came to be
  • Singular access to family archives allowed the authors to write the first and only biography of Carl Størmer

This biography summarizes the seminal contributions to auroral and space science of Carl Størmer (1874 - 1957). He was the first to develop precise photographic methods to calculate heights and morphologies of diverse auroral forms during four solar cycles. Størmer independently devised numerical techniques to determine the trajectories of high-energy charged particles allowed and forbidden in the Earth’s magnetic field. His theoretical analyses explained cosmic ray access to the upper atmosphere, 20 years before they were identified by other scientists. Størmer’s crowning achievement, “The Polar Aurora,” published when he was 81 years old, stands to this day as a regularly cited guide in graduate-level courses on space physics.
The authors present the life of this prodigious scientist in relation to the cultural life of early 20th century in Norway and to the development of the space sciences in the post-Sputnik era.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Allowed/forbidden Regions of Space - Auroral Colors and Dynamics - Auroral Morphology - Biography of Carl Størmer - Carl Størmer - The Polar Aurora - Cosmic Rays - History of Space Science - Radiation Belts - Solar-terrestrial Interactions

Related subjects » Atmospheric Sciences - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - History & Philosophical Foundations of Physics - Popular Astronomy

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