Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


The Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

The Space Shuttle

Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars


Star Watch

Chapter 4.

The Sun



Topics covered Chapter notes Recommended reading

Topics covered

  • Sun facts

  • How to observe the Sun safely

    • Projection

    • Solar filters

    • Hydrogen-alpha filters

  • Viewing solar surface features

    • Sunspots

    • Granulation

    • Prominences

  • Observing solar eclipses

Current solar image from

Solar Data Analysis Center.

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Chapter 4 notes



Recommended reading


  • Eclipse!; Harrington, P.; John Wiley & Sons, 1997; ISBN 0471127957.

  • Here Comes the Sun (test report on solar filters); Astronomy magazine, April 2001.

  • The Sunny Side of Stargazing; Astronomy magazine, January 2000.

  • Observer's Handbook (annual publication of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada); Gupta, R.; Univ of Toronto Pr, 2004; ISBN: 0968914187.

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