Tuesday is the day in our ‘Going Green Commitment’ that we keep all the lights in our home off and examine how we may be wasting light or energy by turning on unneeded lights or leaving a light on after using it. I must confess, the most difficult part is in the early morning in our no-windowed bathroom and, at times, we have flicked the light on quickly just so we don’t trip and fall in our bathroom. It can be a dangerous place. But for the most part, going without ‘artificial’ lights is no problem during the day and even creates a ‘romantic’ atmosphere at night when we roll out the candles. I have realized that one reason why this energy-saving practice is not as cumbersome as I was expecting is because we have an ‘original’ source of light, one that shines all day long without being turned on of off: The Sun.
As I become growingly mindful of my environment and have experienced my newfound appreciation for ‘Mother Earth’ I would be unfairly appreciative if I didn’t too acknowledge our ever constant and faithful companion, the Sun. Here are some fun, possibly lesser known facts about the Sun that can bring you into a deeper and more respectful relationship with the great light bulb in the sky.
*The sun rushes through space at a speed of 150 miles per second
*The sun is approximately 10,300 degress Farenheit
*The Earth receives only half a billionth of the energy that leaves the sun
*One hundred and nine Earths would be required to fit across the Sun’s disk, and its interior could hold over 1.3 million Earths.
*Only 55% of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
*It takes only 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, which also means, if you see the sun go out, it actually went out 8 minutes ago.
*In Devon, Connecticut, it is unlawful to walk backwards after sunset.
Information on our own solar system’s star was found at Light in Nature and FunShun. So turn off your lights today, try the Going Green Commitment, and give our Sun a chance to do what it was made to: give us light.
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