Whoops, someone poked a hole in the sun…

Today NASA found a strange dark square-shaped hole in the sun.

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Nope, not kidding. This is what NASA has to say about it:

A coronal hole, almost square in its shape, is one of the most noticeable features on the Sun of late (May 5-7, 2014). A coronal hole is an area where high-speed solar wind streams into space. It appears dark in extreme ultraviolet light as there is less material to emit in these wavelengths. Inside the coronal hole you can see bright loops where the hot plasma outlines little pieces of the solar magnetic field sticking above the surface. Because it is positioned so far south on the Sun, there is less chance that the solar wind stream will impact us here on Earth.

To be honest, I stopped reading about halfway through that paragraph because I have no idea what 50% of those words mean. And really, I think we all know that NASA is just trying to cover up what’s about to happen:

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Better start watching out for bits of the TARDIS falling from the sky. It’s cool, though, cause the universe could really use a re-set button. I’d like to put in an official request that I get re-set with the effortless waistline of a Parisian model, though. Everything else can stay the same.

Oh yeah, when I was googling images for the sun exploding, I found this and I now know what I need to make my life complete. Even more complete than if I had a trim waistline.

Why yes, that is an exploding TARDIS blanket — and you can click on it and buy it for me you from Amazon

 

I gotta say, though, if that’s not the TARDIS in the sun, and it’s an actual hole, IN THE FREAKING SUN, I’m kind of freaked out. What else can get a hole in it? The earth? Maybe that’s what sinkholes are, really, just on a small scale, and one morning we’ll wake up and, like, Iowa will just be a hole. And if you stand on the edge of it and look through you could see the sky on the other side. What about the universe? The fabric of space and time? Could it just get all worn though and rip?

That would suck.

I could probably handle it okay if I had that TARDIS blanket, though. To keep me warm and cozy while the fabric of space and time ripped to shreds around me.

Or not.

 

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  • lissla_lissar

    My husband has the exploding TARDIS t-shirt. It’s quite wonderful. I didn’t know that there was a blanket.

    I saw this awesome Doctor Who dress at Hot Topic a few weeks ago. It’s white and has little line drawings of the TARDIS and Weeping angels and other Doctor Who stuff all over it. It’s really pretty. I have been agonizing over whether I am just too old for that dress (35), or much, much too old, both to wear the dress and to be inside Hot Topic. Sigh.

    • MK

      35 is definitely not too old for the dress!

  • Rebecca Fuentes

    The Van Gogh episode was one of my favorites.

  • deltaflute

    You do know that the sun is basically gas right? They aren’t saying it’s an actual hole just an area that’s emitting particles. The Earth is made of rock. You’d have to drill a hole through it to get an actual hole and that’s not likely going to happen. Plus the earth would cool over like volcanoes do (which are holes in the earth’s crust) More likely is an impact. My husband studies those. They’re called craters.

    But this should cheer you up. Nobody’s been killed by meteros hitting them. Cows, yes. People no. And large enough impacts to kill the earth aren’t expected for several thousands of years if at all. No need to hide under a Tardis blanket. Go out enjoy the sunshine.

    • Calah Alexander

      LOL yes I know the sun is basically gas, I just figured it was kind of tightly-packed gas. That wouldn’t just have a hole in it. And I’m not actually worried about it…just needed something to blog about. I found something better about 10 minutes after I finished this post.

      • deltaflute

        no problem. some people have chicken little syndrome so badly. My husband has to spend a lot of time telling people to relax. I figured you’re post was mostly comical. But solar flairs and sun spots and stuff are totally normal for the cycling of stars. We’d know if the sun went super nova. That’s why NASA keeps tabs on stuff like that.

  • Tom

    Black Sabbath? Black Sabbath. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdJO1w-NN8

  • Tracie

    And now all I can think of is that stupid They Might Be Giants song my husband is always singing: “The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace….”


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