All About Space Book of the Solar System by Editor Jon White

By Editor Jon White

All approximately house booklet of the sunlight approach
The Sun
- detect the very important function the superstar on the center of our sunlight process playsThe planets
- In-depth publications to the entire planets, from Mercury to NeptuneThe moons
- Take a better examine a number of the sunlight platforms finest moonsAmazing illustrations
- discover the lovely attractions on offerAlso inside...
- a whole consultant to the Sun
- sun flares
- the opening within the Sun
- sun maximum
- Mercury
- Venus
- Earth
- Mars
- Jupiter
- Saturn
- Uranus
- Neptune
- a glance at Earths moon
- Ganymede
- Europa
- Titan

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1 per cent over a solar cycle, but recent research has shown that within this overall pattern, solar output at different wavelengths can vary by much greater amounts. Not all cycles are the same, and some can be much stronger or weaker than others. Occasionally, the cycle can barely be detected at all, as famously happened during the ‘Maunder Minimum’, a period of suppressed sunspot activity lasting from around 1645 to 1715. This event famously coincided with a so-called ‘Little Ice Age’ of severe winters across northern Europe and North America, and while it’s impossible to know if TSI fell significantly more at this time, researchers have recently shown that long-term fluctuations in the Sun’s ultraviolet output could have triggered changes to the regional climate.

1989 Telegraph poles Electric currents induced in overhead wires gave some telegraph operators electric shocks, while telegraph pylons threw sparks The storm The CME which caused the 1989 storm was released from the Sun on 10 March, a few days after a major flare. The storm passed Earth on 13 March, causing aurorae that could be seen as far south as Florida Ground systems Electric power networks were not yet in use, but flowing currents in telegraph wires caused some systems to continue sending and receiving signals even when they were switched off Auroras Brilliant northern and southern lights covered the sky at high latitudes, making the night appear brighter than a full Moon.

27m deep (73in x 56in x 50in) Mission: Studying magnetic field, geology, and chemical make-up Flybys: One of Earth, two of Venus, three of Mercury Initial discoveries: Mercury’s magnetic field is offset far to the north of centre, with a stronger gravitational pull in the northern hemisphere; volcanic activity Antenna The antenna receives commands and data from Mission Control EPPS The Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer is actually two spectrometers in one MDIS The Mercury Dual Imaging System comprises two different cameras to take images of Mercury’s surface XRS X-Ray Spectrometer detects light on the X-ray spectrum on the wavelength of minerals including magnesium, aluminium, sulphur, calcium, titanium and iron Solar panel GRNS The Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer measures variations in gamma rays emitted by atoms and neutrons when struck by cosmic rays MAG The magnetometer extends on a three-metre (ten-foot) boom so it can measure Mercury’s magnetic field without interference from Messenger’s own magnetic field Mercury’s solar panels provide 640 watts of power, stored aboard 11 nickel hydrogen batteries “Messenger is the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, and has already revealed a lot of information about the planet in its short duration” 51 The planets 52 Venus All About… VENUS Venus is the most Earth-like planet in the Solar System, but there are a few key differences between the two planets, such as clouds of acid and temperatures hot enough to melt lead.

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