12. 31. 2008
Here comes the sun
At last the days are beginning to get longer in the Northern Hemisphere. The winter solstice took place at 12:04UT on Sunday, December 21. And not a moment too soon.
Cue: George Harrison. This strikes me as a bit mournful. It's from a Brit concert about 20 years ago, with trombones and assorted luminaries: Richard Starkey, and is that Elton on piano? See if you can identify the others.
No ID necessary for the incomparable Nina Simone's smoky-but-welcoming version.
The US's National Aeronautics & Space Agency is collaborating with the European Space Agency to study the sun. The project is called SOHO, the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory. The photo (above) was shot October 10. It's striking all right, but I picked it largely for the title: Unfurling Prominence Eruption.