Type:

Unit

Description:

The Earth’s atmosphere and both its impact on life on this planet, and its astronomical implications, are discussed in this unit. It begins with a brief introduction to the structure of the atmosphere and then leads to a discussion of the magnetic properties within the atmosphere. The greenhouse effect is explained along with its relation to global warming. Lastly, several specific visual effects within our atmosphere are described.

Subjects:

  • Science > General
  • Science > Astronomy

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate-Upper Division
  • Undergraduate-Lower Division
  • Other

Keywords:

astronomy exosphere thermosphere mesosphere stratosphere troposphere meteors meteorites magnetosphere dipoles electromagnetism corona Van Allen Belt solar wind aurora borealis aurora australis sunspot greenhouse effect greenhouse gases fossil fuels climate change rainbows sun dogs light pillars noctilucent clouds zodiacal light interplanetary dust

Language:

English

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

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