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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
 
Pic of the Day

The Sun
Imaged by NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

By now you've figured out that I'm a bit of an amateur astronomer. The high resolution image you can get by clicking on the picture is occasionally my desktop wallpaper. Cool fact: 99% of the mass of the solar system is in the sun. (Half of the rest is in Jupiter.) So when your child in elementary school has to make a clay model of the solar system, take 99% of the clay and set that aside for the sun. Make the 9 planets from what's left over. (My son did exactly that in 3rd grade, making planets that were no more than teeny pinheads of clay, which earned him confusion from his friends, but much praise from me.) Wanna teach your kids a little about the sun? I knew you did. Here's a fun song from "They Might Be Giants" about the sun, and here are the lyrics. Enjoy!
Comments:
Awww, man! I stared right at that picture and now I'm blind. Thanks a lot.
 
Now you see what I have to put up with.
 
Ralphie: the blindness isn't from staring at the sun. It's from the wanking. Trust me. I'm a doctor.
 
I stared directly at the picture, and now I have hair on my palms. Thanks a lot Doctor Bean. X-(
 
So, as I pointed out in your "My God, It's Full of Stars" post a few weeks back,

http://kerckhoff.blogspot.com/2004/10/my-god-its-full-of-stars.html#comments

you can take 1/120th of a degree of the sky (in both directions), and photograph several hundred galaxies in it, each with billions of stars. Making the sun more insignificant than a microbial disorder beneath Doctor Bean's left pinky finger... assuming Doctor Bean is only visible to those who believe he is real.
 
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