Do you run on solar power?
Are you one of those people
who waits through the long,
cold, short, dark days of winter
to finally bask in the glow of
that great big ball of gas in the
sky? Is that why we lose an hour
in the wee hour of 2 a.m. and
wake up groggy, our children,
pets, parents and spouses all off
kilter until we make the adjustment?
Get ready, because Daylight
Saving Time is coming Sunday,
Some people can tell what time
of day it is by looking at the sun,
but we have never been able to
make out the numbers.
A group of astronauts was
talking at a NASA cocktail party.
“I think we should put our
astronauts on Mars,” one said.
“That’s a great idea, said another,
“but I think we should put
our astronauts on Venus!”
A third said, “I think we should
send a manned mission to the
The other two exchanged puzzled
looks and said, “How will
we do that?”
“Simple. We go at night.”
Two solar panels walk into a
bar. What do you suppose they
order? Light beers.
A solar energy scientist walks
into a solar array and asks a panel
Watt it could do for him.
A million earths can fit into the
sun. Other stars may be larger,
brighter, smaller or fainter than
our sun, but they are so far away
that we see them as small points
of light in the night sky.
It takes about eight minutes for
the sunlight to be seen on earth
after it has left the sun.
Not very long ago, people
believed that the earth did not
move and that the sun revolved
around the earth.
The Polish scientist,
Copernicus, published a book
in his last year of life, 1543,
in which he tried to prove that
the planets orbited around the
sun. Had he not died shortly
after its publication, he might
have been imprisoned and even
executed. Some who promoted
Copernicus’s theories were
jailed and executed for suggesting
that the earth moves around
the sun. Galileo, working a couple
of decades later, reinforced
It wasn’t until Isaac Newton
published his works on the theory
of relativity that it was proven
and almost universally accepted
that the planets orbit around the
It may be a bit too early in the
year to think about sunscreen
and protection from the sun’s
most intense rays, which come
to our part of earth in the next
several months, but it’s always a
good idea to protect from overexposure
to ultraviolet rays with
a high SPF sunscreen, clothing
that lightly covers skin, and hats
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