JOURNEY INTO THE SUN'S GUTS WITH BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH AS YOUR GUIDE
Without the sun, life on Earth would be impossible. It provides food for the plants that feed us, and warmth so that we don’t freeze to death. But the sun has a dark side. It is, after all, a giant ball of fire in the sky, whose 27 million degree Fahrenheit surface is tossed about by burning tsunami waves 62,000 miles high. And at pretty much any point, it could burp out rivers of charged particles that could paralyze technology on Earth.
A new documentary premiering tonight asks the question, “What can cause our normally benign sun to erupt in such fury that it can threaten the world’s power and technological infrastructure?“ according to a press release.
To answer that question, [Solar Superstorm] takes audiences into the inner workings of our star. It follows the path of hot magnetized gas from deep inside the sun, through its tangled journey through the Sun’s churning outer layers and on to explosive magnetic eruptions so powerful they can affect the Earth.
The documentary is narrated by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, and it’s based on supercomputer simulations that are making it easier to understand where solar eruptions come from, and how to predict them. Also, it’s gorgeous.
The National Center For Supercomputing Applications has five clips that you can watch on their site.
Heyyy….I’m uhh… Dax
(short for Daxton). You can call me Dax though, I don’t really care. Unless you
call people by their last names then this intro is very awkward. Oh God… I’m
rambling, sorry. You can probably tell it’s my first time doing this sort of
thing can’t you? So of course I’m hella nervous. I’m not usually like this
though, even ask some of my friends about me, like that one time I was drunk
and accidentally got a permanent tattoo. Haha good times. Update: That tattoo
was removed later on as my mother found out causing me to be band from living
under her roof. But you could say I’m the local douchebag at times.
“Daxton!! Don’t you ever say that word again, hear me!?”
“Sorry Mom, it just slipped out”
Oh God…that was my
mom, sorry. She’s actually the reason I’m going to be competing against these
other guys as she wants me to meet my “true love” just like she did when she
met my father. Unfortunately, my father passed away last fall causing my mom,
brother and me to feel great grief. Anyways, forget about that, the true reason
was that Bex was absolutely beautiful and I mean a beauty like no other. I just
can’t even. You need to see her to understand. She’s the peanut butter to my
jelly hahaha. Lame, I know but it’s true.
Any other interesting things we need to know about you?
- I’m an aspiring singer that plays the guitar on
occasion, and I’m actually 26 but people tell me I still look 16 :/ (I wish for
some company when I eventually go on tour, maybe Bex could tag along).
- I’m very self-conscious about my body, especially
my stomach. I just feel bare when I don’t have a shirt on. (Something I need to
- Even though I may seem like a jerk, I actually
volunteer, help elderly across the street, buy food for the homeless, etc.
(More people my age need to be involved in their community).
- I grew up in Twinbrook and so did my little
brother, David. (It’s funny I never saw any twins there).
ALL I WANT IS TO KNOW LAURA’S BACKSTORY AND WHY HER FATHER IS SO PARANOID AND WHY SHE WAS SO AGGRESSIVE IN S1 AND HOW SHE LEARNED KRAV MAGA WHILE GROWING UP SHELTERED LIKE HOW THE HELL DOES THAT MAKE SENSE I WANNA KNOW HOW HER MOTHER DIED AND WHAT FUCKED UP SHIT HAPPENED
Glass Inlay of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, Egypt, New Kingdom, 1353-1336 BC. Cast, then cold-worked to refine the sculptural quality of the portrait and to create cavities for additional inlays for the eye and eyebrow. Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY