Golden Sun Shine Down on Me
Sun Sun Mister Golden Sun,
Please Shine Down On Me.
Our beautiful golden sun, that warms us
and gives us light is one of our most precious assets.
Without it, we would have no food, no warmth,
no rain, no light to see by, no healthy skin
and no healthy eyes, in short, no health.
Here are some interesting facts about the sun.
The sun is 4 1/2 billion years old.
It measures 1,392,000 km across.
If the sun was an empty ball you could fit
one million Earths inside it.
The sun's gravity is 28 times greater than Earth's.
It is 150 million km away from us.
It makes up the biggest part of our solar system
and has an average surface temperature of 6,000°C.
The Sun appears to have been active for 4.6 billion years.
Don't worry about it going out soon
as it has enough fuel to go on
for another five billion years or so.
What is the sun made of?
Our precious sun contains:
Hydrogen, Helium, Oxygen, Carbon,
Nitrogen, Neon, Iron, Silicon,
Magnesium, Sulfur, and a few other items.
How it makes plants -
The sun gives life to plants
through the process of photosynthesis.
This is the process by which plants,
some bacteria, and some protistans
use the energy from sunlight to produce sugar,
which cellular respiration converts into ATP.
ATP is considered the "fuel"
used by all living things.
The conversion of unusable sunlight energy
into usable chemical energy,
is associated with the actions
of the green pigment chlorophyll.
Usually this process uses water and releases the oxygen
that we absolutely must have to stay alive.
So the sun helps us to have
a healthy symbiotic relationship with plants.
How it warms the earth
The sun warms the surface of our planet
to about -18°C or 0°Fahrenheit.
Then the Earth releases some of this heat
in the form of infrared radiation.
This becomes trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases
and thus raises the surface temperature to 15°C (59°F).
Health vs. non-healthy sun - times
There is some controversy about the sun.
Some say it is unhealthy
and should be avoided
but others say it is indeed healthy
and we should get plenty of it.
Professor Michael Holick of Boston University
School of Medicine has written a book called The UV Advantage,
in which he argues that we should go out
in the sun without sunblock for about five or 10 minutes a day,
to sustain our Vitamin D levels.
Take it from the Sun
Vitamin D, considered to be a hormone,
is involved in the metabolism of
calcium and phosphorus in the body.
When this vitamin D is deficient in children,
Vitamin D is very important
for the bones and tooth development.
The Eyes have it
Also, I cannot recall where right now,
but I read that some cancer patients
were instructed to go sit in the sun without eyeware
for a certain period each day.
It was observed that these people became better and better.
It seems that the eyes are very receptive
to the healthy rays of the sun
and not just for they eyes themselves.
Let the SUN Shine…
In and On!
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Updated July 30, 2009
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