Alright hear me out here. I am personally of the opinion that taking a shower can be quite a precarious task. One small misstep onto a particularly lubricated surface? Suddenly you’re toppling to your unfortunate demise. Apply too much shampoo? Suddenly you’re rendered sightless and at the mercy of all those malicious shower monsters that only strike when you foolishly close your eyes (you know the ones I’m talking about). And as if I couldn’t make it any more obvious, the very curtains whose purpose it is to shield you from the outside world whilst you are in your most vulnerable state… will actively attack you. I can see why horror film directors have such a proclivity towards showers.
In such a hectic and confused world as we live in today, it is not difficult to find reasons for wanting to go back to a simpler time. Indeed, every person has regrets that they would change if they could, or certain decisions they wish they acted differently on. There are loved ones they’d give anything to spend another moment with, or simply times they took for granted that they wish they could appreciate to their fullest. It is an inherent part of being human to want to relive and rework the things we think we could have done better. While this might seem simply like groundless fancy, is it possible for time-travel to ever become a physical reality?
Yet another year zooms past as we tip-toe precariously into 2018, in nervous anticipation of what the year bears and what surprises might be awaiting us. At this time of year, it becomes customary to look back and reflect on the year gone by; the good and bad experiences, the people that have had an influence on your life, the skills and knowledge gained, the goals achieved or narrowly missed. No matter where you stand and what you may be feeling, have comfort in knowing that we have all arrived here together, as fellow humans of the this little blue planet. I think it’s safe to say that we are all just as confused about this whole life thing as the next person. Here at the Nexus we hope that through our weekly scientific posts we are contributing our part to help understand this odd universe we live in just that tiny bit better.
The Sun – you might think we’d know quite a lot about this thing already, given how important it is for the sustaining of life on Earth, and well… given just how noticeable it is in the sky. All throughout history, the Sun has represented a cornerstone in mythology, worshipped (and rightly so) by many civilisations. Over the past two weeks we’ve started to scrape away at the surface of what there is to understand about the Sun, but the simple truth is that, despite our everlasting efforts, there’s so much more yet to uncover about this mystical being.
In our last post we took a glimpse at auroras in the making – a spectacular light show staged not by a Roman deity sadly, but by the solar wind. Today we will see where this solar wind originates from (the Sun, unsurprisingly) and see how the draughts of the stars yield the lights of the skies.