Saving daylight

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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,

March 14.

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

sun!”

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

Copernicus’s findings.

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

sun.

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

for shade.

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