Catching the fleeting scenes of many splendored life with a camera.
'Look closely. The beautiful may be small' — Kant

15 June 2013

Setting Sun

'How can you keep a ray of sun in your hand?
How can you make stay a wave on the sand?'

According to the official scientific definition, our Sun is "a medium-sized star located in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, orbited by all of the planets and other bodies in our solar system and supplying the heat and light that sustain life on Earth.
Nuclear fusion produces tremendous amounts of energy in its core reaching the temperature of some 16 million degrees C (27 million degrees F), while the surface is about 6,200 degrees C (11,200 degrees F) hot. The energy then radiates through a radiation zone to an opaque convection zone, where it rises to the surface through convection currents of the Sun's plasma. The Sun's surface is constantly disturbed by turbulent phenomena, such as magnetic storms, sunspots, and solar flares. The Sun was formed along with the rest of the solar system about 4.5 billion years ago and is expected to run out of its current hydrogen fuel in another 5 billion years, at which point it will develop into a red giant and ultimately into a white dwarf."

But I think there's much more to it than just nuclear reactions...

'The sun shone as if there were no death' —Saul Bellow.

Sun setting into the sea. (© LightColourShade. All rights reserved)

2 comments:

  1. A very different post, but very beautiful.

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    1. Thanks. Actually, taking pictures of the sun is a real sweat!

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