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How Scientists Collected a Piece of the Sun

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posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:16 PM
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It's not everyday you come across an article like this one. But I did find this article to be of great interest!


By Ross Pomeroy February 09, 2017 Our mighty Sun bathes Earth in a tender glow. Reach overhead on a cloud-free, summer day, and it almost feels like you can catch a few of its caressing rays. While your relaxing efforts will technically be unsuccessful, it should warm your heart to know that scientists have literally caught some of the Sun's rays. And you know what's even cooler?

There's a place on Earth where you can actually hold a piece of the Sun! Stored within two tidy cleanrooms at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is a collection of metallic wafers and foils, and etched within their insides are particles of the solar wind.





The spacecraft was called Genesis, and for 850 days between December 2001 and April 2004, it captured as much of the Sun as it could within wafers and targets composed of materials like silicon, diamond, gold, aluminum, and sapphire.



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posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:18 PM
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We are made of star stuff.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:19 PM
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imagine you can make small medals out of it, and you can carry them with you.. amazing!



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:19 PM
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a reply to: Phage

Indeed we are



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:20 PM
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originally posted by: Phage
We are made of star stuff.

Is that you, Dr. Sagan?



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:20 PM
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a reply to: Phage

True.

Additionally, to collect a piece of the sun, the science guys could have simply put their hands out in sunlight. To, you know, catch those photons from the Sun.




posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:21 PM
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a reply to: Substracto

It's amazing we're at that place where this is possible now.




posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:25 PM
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originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Phage

True.

Additionally, to collect a piece of the sun, the science guys could have simply put their hands out in sunlight. To, you know, catch those photons from the Sun.


correct me if I'm wrong, I think the collectors captured actual Solar mass ejection particles, not photons...



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:25 PM
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a reply to: LuXTeN

Um, so what does the sun look like?




posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:25 PM
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Sooooo cooooolllll!! Love your posts!



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:26 PM
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originally posted by: Phage
We are made of star stuff.


"We are star, stuff (maybe dust), we are Golden!!"



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:26 PM
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a reply to: IgnoranceIsntBlisss

Well... it looks a little lik....arrghghhhhh i'm blind im blind!!!!!




posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:27 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

Yes, but photons still fit the definition of "piece of the Sun". Quantum pieces, to be exact.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:28 PM
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Pretty awesome, I like the medal concept, that would give new meaning to an " out of this world " trophy.

I'm still waiting for the star in a jar!

It's right there, just need a big enough mason jar...


I can almost reach it, maybe if I only could jump higher.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:28 PM
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a reply to: WUNK22

Thank you my friend! I saw this article and it intrigued me.

Check this out, it's a nice complimentary video also from NASA i heard a few years ago.


edit on 10-2-2017 by LuXTeN because: typing



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:29 PM
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originally posted by: Cobaltic1978

originally posted by: Phage
We are made of star stuff.


"We are star, stuff (maybe dust), we are Golden!!"

Is that you, Joni Mitchell? (or Crosby Stills Nash & Young).



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:30 PM
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originally posted by: Soylent Green Is People

originally posted by: Cobaltic1978

originally posted by: Phage
We are made of star stuff.


"We are star, stuff (maybe dust), we are Golden!!"

Is that you, Joni Mitchell? (or Crosby Stills Nash & Young).



I have an affinity.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:31 PM
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a reply to: LuXTeN

"Imma mu'f##kin starboy"

Phage is right, we are all made of star stuff.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:32 PM
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a reply to: Tranceopticalinclined

Yes the star in a jar!

I'd love to put a piece of the sun in a pendant and wear it. That would be very cool.



posted on Feb, 10 2017 @ 03:34 PM
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a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Yep, it's all stars.



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