My encounter with the sun

On our way home from our Association, an annual gathering of the students of a Christian Science teacher, my wife and I passed by the public observatory in the city of Frankfurt on Main. We were invited to come in and witness a special event, and we agreed. Walking up the winding stairs, we soon got to the open dome.

Gradually it dawned on us what would happen: It was bright daylight outside, and the huge telescope had been focused exactly in the direction of the sun. By means of a special procedure, we were able to look at the surface of the sun in detail that had been hidden before. I saw the movement of the plasma going on there, and the sun looked so near that I thought I could almost catch it and put it into my pocket.

Seeing through the snowflakes
January 16, 2012

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