8.29.2006

who needs fireworks anyway?

"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork." -Psalm 19:1

"The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
where hydrogen is built into helium
at a temperature of millions of degrees"
-Why Does The Sun Shine?



This fun little tune is from a 1959 education recording called "Space Songs" and has since been covered and popularized by They Might Be Giants. (The concert version is WAY more fun than the 1993 album version, FYI.)

Now check this out.

When I first studied this pic, I was just blown away. This was from a day when we were having some significant solar flares and sun storms. But I just sat there thinking, "That's a giant ball of nuclear fire in the middle of space, just hanging there. Giant balls of nuclear fire aren't supposed to do that really."

Now just in case you were wondering if there is a God, take another look at that pic. I mean, the mere size of the thing is ginormous. "A million earths could fit inside." But there are other stars way bigger.

I was also thinking, how anyone ever came to figure worshiping the giant ball of fire was a good idea, I can't understand. Doesn't make sense that created beings should worship created things. Clearly it didn't just come from nowhere. One would think worshiping the Creator is definitely the wiser option.

So on Indie Day it struck me that we all stand around "oooing" and "aaahhing" over little man-made explosions, and half the time don't give a thought to all the God-made stuff around us. I can appreciate fireworks too (not so much their environmental impact), but human copycat creativity can't come close to creation.

Go on, look again. You know you wanna. Kinda nice to be able to stare into the sun without burning your retinas, innit?

And now, here's the rest of the song...


"Yo ho it's hot
The Sun is not a place where we could live
but here on earth there'd be no life without the light it gives

We need it's light, We need it's heat, We need it's energy

Without the sun, Without a doubt
There'd be no you and me

The sun is hot
(It is so hot that everything on it is a gas Iron, Copper, Aluminum and many others.)

The sun is large
(If the sun were hollow a million earths could fit inside and yet the sun is only a middle-sized star.)

The sun is far away
(About 93 million miles away! And that's why it looks so small.)

And even when it's out of sight the sun shines night and day

The sun gives heat, The sun gives light
The sunlight that we see
The sunlight comes from our own sun's atomic energy

(Scientists have found that the sun is a huge atom-smashing machine. The heat and light of the sun come from the nuclear reactions of Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen and Helium.)

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
where hydrogen is built into helium
at a temperature of millions of degrees"


They Might Be Giants - Why Does the Sun Shine?

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