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

By Jon White

Take a travel in the course of the brilliant wonders of our sunlight process. become aware of the effect the solar has on our lives and every little thing round us, and learn the way this ball of scorching plasma shaped. examine the 8 planets that make up our sun procedure, no matter if you need to examine why Saturn has earrings, how existence shaped in the world, if shall we live to tell the tale Mars, or why Neptune seems so blue. On best of that, know about 4 of the main attention-grabbing moons of the sun procedure; Ganymede, Europa, Titan and our own Moon

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Highlatitude spots were slow to appear in the early months of the cycle, and after an active 2011, the Sun surprised most experts by slumping back into a lull rather than building to an anticipated peak in activity. However, some have speculated that Cycle 24 might show a double peak, with another burst of activity in early 2014. “This cycle is different from the recent cycles,” explains Dr de Toma. “During the space age we have seen a period of high solar activity, but Cycle 24 is a very weak cycle.

Since carbon-14 is preserved in ancient tree rings, it can be used as a proxy for solar activity, and studies using this method have revealed a Medieval Maximum around 1100 to 1250, bracketed by the Oort Minimum in the 11th Century, and the Wolf Minimum from around 1280 to 1340. Intriguingly, just as the Maunder Minimum seems to coincide with the ‘Little Ice Age’ across Europe and North America, the Medieval Maximum also coincides with a period of mild North Atlantic climate known as the Medieval Warm Period.

67 per cent. Venus comes within 108 million kilometres (67 million miles) of the Sun on average. When it happens to lie between the Sun and the Earth – which occurs every 584 days – it comes closer to the Earth than any other planet. Around 38 million kilometres (24 million miles) close, that is. Because Venus’s orbit around the Sun passes inside the Earth’s orbit, it also goes through phases that go from new to full and back to new again. These phases are the different variations of light emanating from it as seen from the Earth, much like the Moon’s phases.

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