Friday, January 23, 2009

Dark Side of the Sun

:: artist's concept ::
Like seeing is believing right?

Of course this sounds like an Ali G. ism, like his asking Buzz or one of those straight arrow astronaut guys, if "man will ever walk on the sun.. like in winter, when the sun is cold".

Here though, seeing the dark side is a real space program event, couched as a conundrum:
"This is a perspective we've never had before," says STEREO mission scientist Lika Guhathakurta of NASA headquarters. "We're now monitoring more than 270 degrees of solar longitude—that's 3/4ths of the star."

"After all these years," she laughs, "we're finally getting to see the dark side of the Sun."

(Editor's note: The Sun has no dark side. That was a solar physics joke.)

Ali G. to Noam Chomsky: "how many words to you know?" Chomsky seemed annoyed, a bit of a slow dog, but hey, not everyone's a comic genius, at least not all of the time.