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    Saturday, September 08, 2007
    What Do You See When There Is 'Nothing To See'?

    Have a look at this:

    This is the surface of the sun on a very boring day.

    To quote from SpaceWeather.com: This morning Japan's Hinode spacecraft photographed a blank patch of the solar surface and sent this image back to Earth. The "blank" surface is seething with solar granules. The sun is so hot, it literally boils. Granules are bumps on the boiling surface, much like the bumpy surface of water boiling on a hot stove. One difference: While the granules on your stove are only a few centimeters across, granules on the sun are as wide as Texas. Even when the sun is blank, Hinode shows, there is something to see.

    I find this helpful to remember. Even when things are dull, they are not boring. You just have to know what it is you are looking at.




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