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PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:02 pm 
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8 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Sun

There are about 70 sextillion stars in the universe, including at least 100 billion right here in our Milky Way galaxy. But the star that really matters to earthlings, of course, is the one that lies at the center of our solar system -- our sun.

But how much about this brilliant ball of gas do you really know? Do you have any idea just how big it is? How hot? Or even how old?

Take a look at our list of eight awesome facts to learn something new about the true rockstar of our solar system.

Fact #1. It's even more ginormous than you might have imagined. The sun is so big, in fact, that one million Earths could fit inside it. It weighs a mind-boggling 4,385,214,857,119,400,000,000,000,000,000 pounds, and makes up 99.8 percent of all the mass in the solar system.

Fact #2. It's EXTREMELY hot on the outside -- and thousands of times hotter on the inside. The sun's visible surface, or photosphere, is roughly 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit, while the core's temperature is about 27 million degrees. That's more than 40,000 times as hot as boiling water. The energy produced in the core generates essentially all the heat and light we receive on Earth -- you would need to explode 100 billion tons of dynamite every second to match the sun's energy output.

Fact #3. Copernicus WASN'T the first to place it in the center of our solar system. In fact, Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos proposed the first known heliocentric (sun-centered) model in the third century B.C., nearly 1,800 years before Copernicus did.

Fact #4. It's VERY far away. The sun is 93 million miles from Earth. It takes eight minutes and 19 seconds for sunlight to travel through space and reach us. If it were possible to fly a plane all the way to the sun, the trip would take 26 years, according to NASA.

Fact #5. You'd be really heavy if you walked on the sun. In fact, a person who weighs 150 pounds on Earth would weigh about 4,200 pounds on the sun because the sun's gravity is 28 times that of Earth. Of course, no one is ever going to walk on the sun, as Buzz Aldrin explains in the silly interview with Ali G below.

Fact #6. It's middle-aged. The sun is about 4.6 billion years old now and is expected to last another five billion years before it starts burning helium and expanding into a red giant. At that point it will swallow up Venus, Mercury, and maybe Earth too. It will spend approximately one billion years as a red giant before it shrinks into a white dwarf.

Fact #7. It "flips" every 11 years. When the sun reaches its so-called solar maximum -- its period of greatest activity -- its magnetic field reverses polarity, meaning the north and south pole essentially switch. Scientists observed the field reversal begin in August this year.

Fact # 8. It's something to sneeze at. Achoo! A third of the population experiences what's called the photic sneeze reflex -- sneezing when exposed to sunlight or another bright light. Why does this happen? Aristotle thought it was because the sun warmed the nose. Today scientists think the culprit might be "crossed wires" in the brain -- the trigeminal nerve, which senses irritations in the nose and triggers sneezing, lies close to the optic nerve, which senses light entering the retina. When the optic nerve fires, the trigeminal nerve may pick up those signals and mistakenly activate a sneeze response.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Awesome!

Certainly, one can understand how the ancients considered the sun as a god - and many still do today, including about 1 billion Hindus!


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Oh, if the ancients only knew how right their allegories were. As folks like Lawrence Krauss and Neil deGrasse Tyson have pointed out, the materials composing our bodies literally came from stars that died. Stars have literally died to give us life, just as is said of "the Bright and Morning Star."





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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:09 am 
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^ Interesting posts!

Here are some details regarding the rare solar eclipse this Sunday November 3rd:

Secrets of Sunday's Rare Solar Eclipse Explained

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A slice of eastern North America will undergo a weird and dramatic event early Sunday (Nov. 3) morning: a partial eclipse of the sun.

For most North American observers, the partial eclipse will coincide with sunrise. But within a very narrow corridor that extends for 8,345 miles (13,430 kilometers) across the planet, the disks of the sun and the moon will appear to exactly coincide, providing an example of the most unusual type of eclipse: a "hybrid" or "annular-total eclipse."

During annular solar eclipse, the sun looks like a "ring of fire," while the moon and sun line up perfectly during a total eclipse. Throughout a hybrid eclipse, however, the celestial sight transitions from annular to total.

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A Rare Occurrence

During the 21st century approximately 4.9 percent of all central solar eclipses — those eclipses where the moon crosses directly in front of the disk of the sun — fall into the hybrid classification.

Sunday's Solar Eclipse To Be Rare, Dramatic 'Hybrid' Event

http://www.space.com/23438-rare-hybrid- ... video.html

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Tonight's Sky: November 2013



P.S. I've done my best to provide a bit of a resource guide on a variety of celestial events in this thread: Astronomy, Space & Earth Resources

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Oh, if the ancients only knew how right their allegories were. As folks like Lawrence Krauss and Neil deGrasse Tyson have pointed out, the materials composing our bodies literally came from stars that died. Stars have literally died to give us life, just as is said of "the Bright and Morning Star."

That's funny.

The solar messiah giving up his life for the lives of all others.

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Sun Will Flip Its Magnetic Field Soon

Sun's Magnetic Field Will Flip Soon, Scientists Say

Sun's Magnetic Field Will Soon Flip

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