News broke this week that shattered our world of understanding about the sun above us. Often a golden totem of warmth and richness, NASA now shows us our sun is really a fiery swirl of burnt azure and glistening turquoise: More blue natural gas flame than crackling orange ember.
NASA’s recently launched Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is returning early images that confirm an unprecedented new capability for scientists to better understand our sun’s dynamic processes. These solar activities affect everything on Earth.
Some of the images from the spacecraft show never-before-seen detail of material streaming outward and away from sunspots. Others show extreme close-ups of activity on the sun’s surface. The spacecraft also has made the first high-resolution measurements of solar flares in a broad range of extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
How we choose to process new information is vital to our ability to cope with change and evolve into higher beings.
Our sun is no longer a golden ball in the sky looking fatefully down on us with a moral simplicity that stated, if scientifically flawed, that none of us will outlast the vicious heat of the burning orb.
We can now see, thanks to enhanced science and logical technology, that our perfect sun is embroiled in as much turmoil as us — ever changing, uncontrollable, inescapable — and spinning and swirling in its own primordial goo.
Will we begin to aesthetically re-draw the sun as we know it?
Or will we rely on the golden safety of our memories before we knew any better?
If the sun is now really blues and greens — what other assumptions have we made based on scientific reasoning and religious believing — that may not, in the end, turn out to be precisely what we always thought we knew they were?
I can’t imagine school children will start drawing it differently. If it looks yellow when you look at it from afar (here), that is how they will draw it.
What about adults? Do we draw the sun as it is or only as it appears? When facts change, must the truth follow?