That's a pretty picture.
It is a pretty painting. Charles, on the other hand, is apparently drunk again.
Ah, the light touch of masturbatory sophistry is *perfect* for a Friday lunchtime Slog post. Thanks, Charles!
Before it turns all dark and cold, it will expand into a Red Giant, which will boil off the oceans and scorch the earth, possibly swallowing the planet, and will remain so for millions of years, before shedding out its outer layers as a nebula. That's pretty badass.
This reminds me of Princess of the Sun, a great film about one of the daughters of Nefertiti and Aknahten, and a great French kids flick with lots of Sun scenes.
Even if it isn't Poupre Soleil.
@4 still relatively pedestrian in astronomical terms.
happy solstice to you, too, chas.
wait, so you disapprove the sun now? come on dude...also the sun is expected to expand to proportions several times larger than it currently is, potentially to the point where it obliterates the earth and the other inner planets before it vents its outer layers into space, feeding the cosmos with expended material, then gradually shrinking back to a brown dwarf. that will all come after a 10 billion year or so run of total awesomeness. so, the sun is pretty deserving of our respect.
lastly, i think using the sun as a symbol or object of reflection as philosophy has done is different than actually worshipping it.
The sun is greater than you or I, for the sun can exist without us, but the other way around, ah, it all disappears. And, oh yes, I almost forgot....
Maybe when it turns brown, a white dwarf will come into our universe and run it over. And no, I don't feel like letting it go.
I hear there will be a Solstice parade tomorrow at noon in Fremont.
Some kind of pro-cycling rally.
@10 where did you hear that? insider stuff?
Yeah, @11, it's so secret it's not even on SLOG, not even the music stages ...
If space is "stupid" Chaz, it's still a hell of a lot smarter then you.
When you've been around for 15 Billion years, get back to me on that one, 'kay?
Ah, Charles. Our little sun has something that no other sun in the universe can boast - you!
I once heard a scientist call our sun "an average star". That seems like a contradiction. Did you know the sun has weather? Or that the sun's spots are caused by it's magnetic field? How about there are a hundred billion stars in the Milky Way alone. Breath taking.
I hear the sun suffers from solar warming ... maybe it should get something to help with the sun spots?
You forgot to mention the Sun Goddess.
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