The Sun (2007)

This documentary explores the past, present and future of the star’s unique importance to Earth.

The SOHO and TRACE satellites, as well as the Swedish solar telescope on Las Palmas, provide viewers with some of the best images of the sun ever seen, and the special program provides knowledge of the many scientific discoveries being made about the sun.

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  • minnesota_mike

    I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this presentation of amazing facts and details about the “Orb” in our Skies above (which as we all know sustains all life on our Planet).

    One factoid that blew me away:
    Photonic energy traveling from the CORE of the Sun to it’s surface (500 million Kilometers) travels at 1 millimeter a second…this “Journey” requires 200,000 years.
    Release from the surface to Earth takes only 8.5 minutes….!
    OMFG….!

    I Love the BBC (and the British Populous) who support broadcasts such as this.
    I thank them making possible shows such as this (since the US. Public Broadcasting System has largely been unfunded thanks to the Republicans here in the US.
    I HIGHLY recommend this show.

  • Johnny

    Wow, although I fully support the work of NASA and projects like SOHO and TRACE and more so the SDO and STEREO projects the first few lines in this video made me cringe involuntarily in disgust and I barely made it through the whole thing.

    It’s one hell of a pile of dogmatic shit that only gives a scarce farce of an attempt at objectivity and honesty a few times and spends the rest of the time spouting theories as facts.

    I suppose though being from 2007 it can be forgiven somewhat for not being with the times, but challenges to this crap have been around for decades so not much leeway can be given really.

    Nobody ever said it was a fast process though, such shifts in beliefs never come easy but we’re finally making some real progress now.

    “Global Eruption Rocks the Sun”

    “On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.

    It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.”

    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/13dec_globaleruption/

    Mind you we are still at the beginning of the dogma shedding process, hence why they still use “hot gas” instead of plasma in a public press release even while their research discusses the plasma “spicules” or jets and their possible role in heating the Solar coronal plasma.

    http://www.astroengine.com/2011/01/can-spicules-explain-the-mysteries-of-coronal-heating/

    But at least they admit that ultimately all of their theories on it right now are essentially just WAG’s – Wild Ass Guesses(educated one’s mind you) – and we’ll have to wait for the Solar Probe Plus mission to really get any kind of accurate picture of the Solar corona and it’s heating mechanism(s).

    http://solarprobe.jhuapl.edu/

    But one thing is pretty certain, they are going to be paying even more attention to electromagnetic solar phenomenon from now on – which every person in the world who knows the sun is plasma and has rudimentary plasma physics knowledge and thus knows that plasma reacts primarily to electromagnetic forces has been telling them to do for years.

    Like I said they are slowly learning, hopefully soon enough they will be able to shed some true understanding on this matter with empirical evidence collected by or as a result of the Solar Probe Plus mission.

  • Johnny

    Hmm I forgot to add to the ‘still use “hot gas” instead of plasma’ statement that also the statement of a billion ton “cloud” “billowing” into space is a massive obfuscation of reality considering that the plasma is ejected and accelerated away to very high velocities.

    • Johnny

      Haha, I just realized my original post that I was adding to with this post still says “Your comment is awaiting moderation”, so I guess nobody knows what I’m adding to, lol.

      I was just going to add an update to that first post but I’ll give the update first and then repost my original post with the links fixed – replace ‘dot’ with . and minus the ( ), etc.

      Update: It seems that are starting learn quicker now. :)

      [quote]”I believe we’re on the threshold of a new era in which space weather can be as influential in our daily lives as ordinary terrestrial weather.” Fisher concludes. “We take this very seriously indeed.”[/quote]
      – Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division

      “As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather”

      (http://)science(dot)nasa(dot)gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/04jun_swef/

      Original post:

      Wow, although I fully support the work of NASA and projects like SOHO and TRACE and more so the SDO and STEREO projects the first few lines in this video made me cringe involuntarily in disgust and I barely made it through the whole thing.

      It’s one hell of a pile of dogmatic shit that only gives a scarce farce of an attempt at objectivity and honesty a few times and spends the rest of the time spouting theories as facts.

      I suppose though being from 2007 it can be forgiven somewhat for not being with the times, but challenges to this crap have been around for decades so not much leeway can be given really.

      Nobody ever said it was a fast process though, such shifts in beliefs never come easy but we’re finally making some real progress now.

      “Global Eruption Rocks the Sun”

      “On August 1, 2010, an entire hemisphere of the sun erupted. Filaments of magnetism snapped and exploded, shock waves raced across the stellar surface, billion-ton clouds of hot gas billowed into space. Astronomers knew they had witnessed something big.

      It was so big, it may have shattered old ideas about solar activity.”

      (http://)science(dot)nasa(dot)gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/13dec_globaleruption/

      Mind you we are still at the beginning of the dogma shedding process, hence why they still use “hot gas” instead of plasma in a public press release even while their research discusses the plasma “spicules” or jets and their possible role in heating the Solar coronal plasma.

      www(dot)astroengine(dot)com/2011/01/can-spicules-explain-the-mysteries-of-coronal-heating/

      But at least they admit that ultimately all of their theories on it right now are essentially just WAG’s – Wild Ass Guesses(educated one’s mind you) – and we’ll have to wait for the Solar Probe Plus mission to really get any kind of accurate picture of the Solar corona and it’s heating mechanism(s).

      (http://)solarprobe(dot)jhuapl(dot)edu/

      But one thing is pretty certain, they are going to be paying even more attention to electromagnetic solar phenomenon from now on – which every person in the world who knows the sun is plasma and has rudimentary plasma physics knowledge and thus knows that plasma reacts primarily to electromagnetic forces has been telling them to do for years.

      Like I said they are slowly learning, hopefully soon enough they will be able to shed some true understanding on this matter with empirical evidence collected by or as a result of the Solar Probe Plus mission.

      Hopefully this works, I need to remember to not use links on older postings where they aren’t likely going to get approval.

  • Karin

    Uhm excuse me but he starts by saying “a not very bright star”. Infact our sun is more luminous than 85% of the stars in the milky way! So its very bright for its size

  • Johnny

    I’m not sure if this will get posted with the new comment system but I should have posted this before as it is an important resource for many different types of people – those interested in witnessing the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis(northern and southern lights), solar or astro-photography, seismology, meteorology/climatology, ‘doomsday’ theories, etc.

    SolarIMG Almost Real Time Image System v2.2:

    http://solarimg.org/artis/

    In addition to all types of images of Earth and the Sun(Sol) it provides constantly updated information on many things such as the density, speed, temperature and pressure of the “Solar Wind”, cosmic rays, electron flux, sunspot data, IMF data, seismic data, weather maps/patterns, and much more.

    There are also many links to even more data at the bottom of the ARTIS page.

    Current status as of this posting –

    Solar X-Rays: Active

    Geomagnetic Field: Unsettled

    Note: this has long been my browser’s homepage and I have recommended SolarIMG to many people before but few actually paid any attention to me, but since the Japan quake and tsunami a lot of those people are far more interested it seems.

    Note that this system won’t tell you exactly when or where earthquakes or storm activity will occur as some people seem to think it should be able to do, it monitors activity levels across the board to determine the most likely periods of time for such activity to occur and the most likely general locations of that activity, and likely magnitude of it.

    So as an example you won’t know that there will be a 7.8 magnitude quake in Pasadena California at 12:36 PM, June 14, 2011; But you will likely know that there is high activity along the U.S East Coast that could produce large quakes during the period of June 9 – June 16 and you should be prepared for it if it happens.

    Piers Corbyn’s Solar Lunar Action Technique(SLAT) forecasting system and the extreme weather forecasts produced with it are also very valuable in conjunction with the SolarIMG data. Although he isn’t always 100% correct as nature is always somewhat unpredictable I believe his extreme weather forecasting for the entire world is above an 80% success rate, which as far as (long range) weather forecasting goes is extremely high.

    At the very least if you monitor both the SolarIMG ARTIS page and Piers Corbyn’s extreme weather forecasts it is highly unlikely you will ever be caught by surprise by any extreme weather phenomena from deep freezes and heat waves, snow storms and blizzards, lightning storms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes or earthquakes and volcanic activity.

  • Johnny

    I’m not sure if this will get posted with the new comment system but I should have posted this before as it is an important resource for many different types of people – those interested in witnessing the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis(northern and southern lights), solar or astro-photography, seismology, meteorology/climatology, ‘doomsday’ theories, etc.

    SolarIMG Almost Real Time Image System v2.2:

    http://solarimg.org/artis/

    In addition to all types of images of Earth and the Sun(Sol) it provides constantly updated information on many things such as the density, speed, temperature and pressure of the “Solar Wind”, cosmic rays, electron flux, sunspot data, IMF data, seismic data, weather maps/patterns, and much more.

    There are also many links to even more data at the bottom of the ARTIS page.

    Current status as of this posting –

    Solar X-Rays: Active

    Geomagnetic Field: Unsettled

    Note: this has long been my browser’s homepage and I have recommended SolarIMG to many people before but few actually paid any attention to me, but since the Japan quake and tsunami a lot of those people are far more interested it seems.

    Note that this system won’t tell you exactly when or where earthquakes or storm activity will occur as some people seem to think it should be able to do, it monitors activity levels across the board to determine the most likely periods of time for such activity to occur and the most likely general locations of that activity, and likely magnitude of it.

    So as an example you won’t know that there will be a 7.8 magnitude quake in Pasadena California at 12:36 PM, June 14, 2011; But you will likely know that there is high activity along the U.S East Coast that could produce large quakes during the period of June 9 – June 16 and you should be prepared for it if it happens.

    Piers Corbyn’s Solar Lunar Action Technique(SLAT) forecasting system and the extreme weather forecasts produced with it are also very valuable in conjunction with the SolarIMG data. Although he isn’t always 100% correct as nature is always somewhat unpredictable I believe his extreme weather forecasting for the entire world is above an 80% success rate, which as far as (long range) weather forecasting goes is extremely high.

    At the very least if you monitor both the SolarIMG ARTIS page and Piers Corbyn’s extreme weather forecasts it is highly unlikely you will ever be caught by surprise by any extreme weather phenomena from deep freezes and heat waves, snow storms and blizzards, lightning storms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes or earthquakes and volcanic activity.

  • Johnny

    I’m not sure if this will get posted with the new comment system but I should have posted this before as it is an important resource for many different types of people – those interested in witnessing the Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis(northern and southern lights), solar or astro-photography, seismology, meteorology/climatology, ‘doomsday’ theories, etc.

    SolarIMG Almost Real Time Image System v2.2:

    http://solarimg.org/artis/

    In addition to all types of images of Earth and the Sun(Sol) it provides constantly updated information on many things such as the density, speed, temperature and pressure of the “Solar Wind”, cosmic rays, electron flux, sunspot data, IMF data, seismic data, weather maps/patterns, and much more.

    There are also many links to even more data at the bottom of the ARTIS page.

    Current status as of this posting –

    Solar X-Rays: Active

    Geomagnetic Field: Unsettled

    Note: this has long been my browser’s homepage and I have recommended SolarIMG to many people before but few actually paid any attention to me, but since the Japan quake and tsunami a lot of those people are far more interested it seems.

    Note that this system won’t tell you exactly when or where earthquakes or storm activity will occur as some people seem to think it should be able to do, it monitors activity levels across the board to determine the most likely periods of time for such activity to occur and the most likely general locations of that activity, and likely magnitude of it.

    So as an example you won’t know that there will be a 7.8 magnitude quake in Pasadena California at 12:36 PM, June 14, 2011; But you will likely know that there is high activity along the U.S East Coast that could produce large quakes during the period of June 9 – June 16 and you should be prepared for it if it happens.

    Piers Corbyn’s Solar Lunar Action Technique(SLAT) forecasting system and the extreme weather forecasts produced with it are also very valuable in conjunction with the SolarIMG data. Although he isn’t always 100% correct as nature is always somewhat unpredictable I believe his extreme weather forecasting for the entire world is above an 80% success rate, which as far as (long range) weather forecasting goes is extremely high.

    At the very least if you monitor both the SolarIMG ARTIS page and Piers Corbyn’s extreme weather forecasts it is highly unlikely you will ever be caught by surprise by any extreme weather phenomena from deep freezes and heat waves, snow storms and blizzards, lightning storms, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes or earthquakes and volcanic activity.

    • Johnny

      Edit: – But you will likely know that there is high activity along the U.S East Coast – should be West Coast in that example obviously, lol.

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