Astrophysics and Space Science Library

The Sun Recorded Through History

Authors: Vaquero, J.M., Vázquez, M.

  • An updated reference on the time variation of solar activity in the last thousand years
  • An essential resource on the evolution of solar observations
  • A required primary reference for amateur solar astronomers doing observations using unsophisticated techniques
  • Includes an assessment of the impact of astronomical phenomena on society
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About this book

The Sun Recorded Through History is a text that reconstructs past solar activity based on information from historical documents, complementing studies using other techniques. Historical accounts describing phenomena related to solar activity, such as aurorae, sunspots, and corona observed during solar eclipses can be used as a proxy of solar activity in the past. These descriptions are reviewed, on the one hand providing primary material for the history of astronomy and, on the other, verifying or refuting current ideas concerning the time variability of the Sun on the scale of centuries.

Documents predating the discovery of photography (around 1840) that contain information on these topics are highlighted, but modern drawings are also included. The lower temporal limit of study is set by the archaeoastronomy of prehistoric sources. In addition, the necessary background on the Sun is provided, with special emphasis on observing techniques and the influences of telescopes and the Earth's atmosphere on the data obtained from solar observations.

This book contains over two hundred figures, many of which are reproductions of historical documents and hand drawings. It is an essential resource on the evolution of solar observations and will be of interest to students and researchers in solar physics, as well as astronomers and historians of science.

About the authors

M. Vázquez is a senior solar astronomer and author of "Ultraviolet Radiation in the Solar System", already published by Springer in 2005

J.M.Vaquero has written approximately thirty papers about the use of historical observations and measurements in modern astronomical and geophysical studies

Reviews

From the reviews: “Packed with many hundreds of references to both past and contemporary astronomical and historical literature, the book is a must for historians of science and professional astronomers and solar physicists interested in the historical reconstructions of solar activity. … interested readers should find their money’s worth. … In The Sun Recorded Through History, long-gone solar astronomers tell us what they saw.” (Paul Charbonneau, Physics Today, December, 2009) “This monograph is primarily a historical survey of solar activity from the dawn of historic observations … to the invention of photography in 1840. … highlight is a detailed discussion of observed sunspot minima and maxima over the past 2,000 years, and the possible contributing role of sociological factors in these observations. The illustrations are well chosen and often fascinating … . The work will be of interest primarily to historians of astronomy and solar astronomers … . Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals.” (R. L. Mutel, Choice, Vol. 47 (4), December, 2009)

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eBook $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sun Recorded Through History
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
361
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-92790-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-92790-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-92789-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2829-0
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 382
Number of Illustrations and Tables
208 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
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