Sunday, January 31, 2010

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

It's about time that someone started a thorough study of the sun.  It's only the single most powerful and important feature of our solar system.

This study should shed some light on a number of subjects.  The amount of information that we don't know about the sun boggles the mind.  For instance, the next time someone spouts off about global warming, ask him/her "What are the maximum, minimum, and average amounts of energy output by the sun in a day?"

The answer is that we have only performed a few rudimentary measurements and then extrapolated out pretty charts and graphs based upon our theoretical mathematical models.  See 'solar variation' on Wikipedia for a readable summary of the state of our lack of knowledge.

Oh, and the title of the post is a quote attributed to Elvis.  Yes, that Elvis.

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