The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet

Author(s): Bob Berman


Did you know that scientists are beginning to think that the sun is safer than sunscreen? That whenever we see the sun on the horizon, it's actually a phantom image because the sun has already set? That career pilots have a one percent higher incidence of cancer because of their time in the sky? Or that the sun's unusual dormancy is causing our climate to be cooler than it otherwise would be? Peppered with memorable anecdotes about spectral curiosities, THE SUN'S HEARTBEAT is a robust narrative that explores the sun's birth, its life as a self-sustaining ultra-H-Bomb fusion explosion, and its spectacular future death. Astronomer Bob Berman's expert observations tell a dramatic story about the familiar star that crosses our sky daily.


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A wide-ranging summer science beach read describing the sun's profound effects on our lives, our history and our future.

Bob Berman is one of America's top astronomy writers. For many years, he wrote the popular 'Night Watchman' column for Discover magazine. He is currently a columnist for Astronomy magazine and a host on NPR's Northeast Public Radio, and he is the science editor of the Old Farmer's Almanac.

General Fields

  • : 9780316090995
  • : Little, Brown & Company
  • : Back Bay Books
  • : August 2012
  • : 216mm X 135mm
  • : United States
  • : September 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Illustrations
  • : Bob Berman
  • : Paperback
  • : 912
  • : 523.7
  • : 320