Taking the Measure of the Sun
by Bertil Falk
One of the first things I do every day is look at he Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA.
The wonderful picture of someone measuring the moon of August 1, 2008 reminds me of what Herakleitos said 2500 years ago: "The sun is the breadth of a man's foot."
The astronomy picture of the day is a great Bewildering Stories bonus.
Copyright © 2008 by Bertil Falk
Thank you, Bertil ! Others have also expressed appreciation for our regular Department feature. And it’s important to emphasize that the picture is renewed every day.
The sun is the breadth of a foot? I can just picture Heraclitus lounging on a beach in ancient Greece and playfully raising one of his feet to cast a shadow. I hope he was wearing sunglasses at the time...