The Resource Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe, James B. Kaler

Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe, James B. Kaler

Label
Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe
Title
Heaven's touch
Title remainder
from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe
Statement of responsibility
James B. Kaler
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"As you gaze into the starry sky, you might feel isolated from the Universe around you - but you're not. This book reveals the startling ways life on Earth is touched by our cosmic environment, and demonstrates why without such contact, life itself wouldn't be possible." "Heaven's Touch embarks on an unforgettable journey across the cosmos, beginning in near space with a look at the gentle ebb and flow of lunar and solar tides. Acclaimed astronomer James Kaler describes their subtle effects on our world and also explores the Sun's more potent influences, such as solar storms that cause auroras, give comets their tails, and knock out power grids on Earth. He ventures across the Solar System to consider how the planets can act to produce climate change, even global disaster. Kaler shows how Jupiter's gravity can throw asteroids toward potentially devastating collision with Earth, and how even our whole Galaxy might hurl comet storms at us. He then takes us into deepest space to describe the cosmic rays launched at us from exploding stars, and considers not just how these exploders might harm us, but how they also join together in the creation of stars and how they serve to populate the Universe with the very building blocks of life."--Jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kaler, James B
Dewey number
520
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB44.3
LC item number
.K35 2009
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Astronomy
  • Stars
  • Life
  • Comets
  • Supernovae
  • Cosmic rays
  • Solar system
Label
Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe, James B. Kaler
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reaching out -- Tides of life -- Solar storm -- Frozen earth -- The accidental asteroid -- Crashing comets -- Atomic rain -- Super star -- Hyperstars -- Coming home
Control code
ocn320800780
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780691129464
Lccn
2009924763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)320800780
Label
Heaven's touch : from killer stars to the seeds of life, how we are connected to the universe, James B. Kaler
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Reaching out -- Tides of life -- Solar storm -- Frozen earth -- The accidental asteroid -- Crashing comets -- Atomic rain -- Super star -- Hyperstars -- Coming home
Control code
ocn320800780
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780691129464
Lccn
2009924763
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)320800780

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