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The Golden Hour

June 26, 2015 4 comments

6.00AM: The best hour of the day or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

The first rays of the sun outline the clouds
Breaking the dark of the night
The struggle has passed
Dawn has broken the spell

Somewhere over the horizon
The hues begin to change
Red, crimson, orange, yellow, blue
Morning announces its arrival

Flocks of birds set out
Friendly chirping cries of joy
Leaves are a flutter
Crying dew drops of joy

A serene calm prevails
Nature is at peace
An inner voice beckons
In the early hours of dawn

My favourite time of day
To play treasure hunt
Seeking to find the real me
Hidden somewhere in myself
© copyright skm, 26th June, 2015
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Our Universe – its really, really BIG….

August 9, 2011 1 comment

Our universe is so BIG (i can’t find an adjective to describe its size)  that it is quite difficult to even imagine its size.  Here are some facts about the size of our universe! After seeing some videos, I find myself and our earth so insignificantly small in this whole scheme of the universe .. it always baffles my mind!

If our sun was hollow, it could  hold about  1 million, 300 thousand earths

We thought the entire universe consists of what we know today as the Milky way galaxy.  But today we know that it is just one of hundreds of billions of other galaxies

Each galaxy is home to around 200 billion stars.  This is more than the grains of sand on all the beaches of planet earth

The largest known star – Epsilon – is so big that, if hollowed out, would hold 27 billion of our suns.

On  a trip round the sun the earth travels over a million and a half miles a day

It would take a car travelling  at 100mph more than  29 million years to reach the nearest star


And here are some videos to try to visualise the extent of our universe




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The Sun – never ceases to wonder!

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

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The creative spark in children is because of their sense of wonder, excitement and curiosity.  They never get tired of asking questions.  As we grow we begin to lose this child-like wonder in us

Nature never ceases to wonder. The Sun has always baffled me.  It is so huge that it defies our imagination. The diameter of our sun is such that you can place 109 earths side by side. If the Sun was hollow, you could fit 333,000 Earths inside!

The Sun is one out of billions of stars.  The Sun is the closest star to Earth. The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System.  It gives us light, warmth and energy to carry out our daily activities.  This giant ball of fire is about 4.5 billion years old. Since its birth it has used up about half of the hydrogen in its core. It will continue to radiate “peacefully” for another 5 billion years or so.

The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System.  The Sun is, at present, about 70% hydrogen and 28% helium by mass everything else (“metals”) amounts to less than 2%. This changes slowly over time as the Sun converts hydrogen to helium in its core.

The Sun’s surface is called the photosphere.  The temperature of the photosphere is about 10,000° Fahrenheit.  Its core is under its atmosphere. The temperature at the core, or very middle, of the Sun, is about 27 million° Fahrenheit.

For the Aztecs, who lived in central Mexico, Tonatiuh was a Sun god. There is also a Sun temple at Konark in Orissa, India. Built in the thirteenth century, it was conceived as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, Surya, with twelve pairs of exquisitely ornamented wheels pulled by seven horses.


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