07 July 2011

Video of the week -- the scale of nature

An eruption on the Sun. This video is time-lapsed and covers three hours of real time. The Sun's diameter is more than 100 times that of the Earth; the Earth would be about the size of the small white circle in the lower right corner.


Blogger Ahab said...

I'm agnostic on the existence of God, but if there were a supreme being, I imagine it would be a vast and incomprehensible being to have created a magnificent universe such as ours. The god of fundamentalists irks me because he seems so small and petty compared to the vastness of our universe. Why would a being who allegedly forged galaxies and crafted quasars care if we eat shrimp or wear the wrong underwwear?

07 July, 2011 06:38  
Blogger Robert the Skeptic said...

To paraphrase Bill O'Reilly: "The sun comes up, the sun goes down... you can't explain it!"

07 July, 2011 09:33  
Anonymous Jack said...

haha Ahab I had a remarkably similar thought. Despite my atheism (perhaps even dreaded gnu atheism), this kinda stuff makes me stand in awe, and gives me a bit of perspective on why some choose to kneel in adoration.

07 July, 2011 19:09  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: One must also wonder at the concept of a being powerful enough to create the Sun, but who, when he really wants to get our attention, does so by causing a vague image of his face to appear on a taco.

RtS: He probably couldn't explain it -- and probably thinks the Sun really does go up and down while the Earth stands still.

07 July, 2011 19:09  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

It is a great piece of photo work, I'll admit

08 July, 2011 05:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jack: It's all the more awe-inspiring when one doesn't fall prey to trite supernatural delusions.

RC: We're keeping a close eye on the Sun these days -- the same poster on YouTube has many more such videos of it.

08 July, 2011 06:33  

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