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This may sound like a strange question...

But I was wondering, why do you think we still use the terms "sunrise" and "sunset"? We know that the Earth revolves around the Sun (not the other way around) so the Sun isn't really 'rising' or 'setting', right?
posted by Neutron12 on Feb 9, 2014 - 23 answers

 

My beautiful new apartment is an oven: How can I keep it cool?

Just moved into a wonderful new apartment that the lady friend and I are in love with. Fantastic neighbors, perfect location, amazing view. Except that we face the lovely California sunshine and the temperature difference during the day can literally be 20 degrees or more. I work from home quite a bit and I've actually taken to working on the stoop because when its 65 outside, it can be 85-90 inside. What can we do to keep it cool? Deets inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jan 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Can I put a TV in my window so I can watch while I watch?

What are the downsides, or dangers to my TV, of putting my TV in a bay window? [more inside]
posted by Naib on Nov 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Increased fusion in the sun's core: How long to reach the surface?

If hydrogen fusion in the center of the sun suddenly increased by a factor of 10^3 to 10^10, how long would it take until the energy burst reaches the surface and is radiated away? As I understand it, energy is transfered via convection and radiation within the sun and may take tens of thousand of years until reaching the surface and being radiated away. Would this hold even when the energy flux is much bigger? [more inside]
posted by Triton on Nov 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Driving into the sun but avoiding the flames?

I recently moved. My new commute has me driving directly into the sun in both the morning and evening; as winter approaches, it is getting more and more hazardous. I slowed to a crawl this morning as there was so much glare I literally couldn't see the road/cars/anything in front of me and if a child had darted out into the road in front of me I honestly don't know that I would see. I tried rolling my window down and sticking my head out but maybe I didn't stick my head out far enough because it didn't seem to help the front view (it did make it easier to see what was going on leftwards though). I wear sunglasses and pop the visor down. I had my car's defrost on. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Oct 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Help Avoiding Sunburn in Hawaii

I have a trip to Hawaii planned. The last time I was there, the sun seemed much stronger than I'm use to in California, and I tend to burn even under the best circumstances. It being vacation, I'll probably be outside more often the normal and maybe even wet more often than normal. What's the best way to avoid getting burned? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Aug 20, 2013 - 37 answers

Is it possible for humankind to divert Earth off its orbit around Sun?

I know it is a funny thought but I am curious. For instance, the mega-quakes can speed up or slow down self-rotation of Earth, albeit minutely. So in a similar vein would it be possible for a group of wacko scientists to get Earth off its orbit around the Sun to freezing cold in outer space by means of technology and materials? Can this idea be proved to be possible or not? Or maybe it was discussed earlier somewhere on Intertubes and you can help me find it.
posted by raphael19 on Aug 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Does a word for this exist?

Is there a word that means "sunrise or sunset?" [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Jul 21, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me find this movie ...

When i was a kid in the late 70's, early 80's ... i saw, what i think was a movie (could have been a made for TV movie, IDK), on TV. It was about a bunch of school children living on (what i THINK was earth)... possibly even set in the future. It rained... all the time. And the 1 girl was a bit of an outcast... but she had remembered when it didn't rain (possibly from her childhood maybe being on earth). One day the sun came out for just a day.... and the other kids locked her in a room... ran out to play in the sun.... and later, forgot they locked her in the room... and at the end gave her a bunch of flowers they all picked .... I don't remember much more.... wasn't particularly special or anything, but i think my kids would like seeing it. Any ideas? It's a bit more on the obscure side for sure.....
posted by foodybat on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Gardening and plant placement in an overcast climate

How does living in an area with near-constant overcast skies affect the placement of plants that are labeled "Full Sun", "Part Sun/Part Shade" or "Shade"? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 on Jul 5, 2013 - 4 answers

any treatment for pre-sunburn?

You've just been out in hot direct midday unclouded sun somewhere with a stupid high UV index and stupidly forgot sunscreen. You were out long enough to suspect you might have given yourself some sunburn, but you don't know for sure - yet. Is there anything doable immediately post-exposure (but prior to observing an actual sign of burn) that might help the skin fight the burn in any way that is not just pain-alleviating? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Jul 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Live satellite view of earth, the sun, the moon...

Are there any public views of real-time / live views from objects in space, especially ones that are pointed at the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Jun 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Boston area Sunset/moonrise on June 23rd.

Where would be a good location in Eastern Massachusetts to see and photograph both the sunset and (full) moonrise on Sunday, June 23rd? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on May 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Everybody's free to wear sunscreen. But what kind?

I need daily sunscreen recommendations compatible with oily skin. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Mar 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Seeking suitable plants for an awkward flower bed, zone 8a.

My flower bed gets full sun in Summer, full shade in Winter, and plenty of dog pee. What can I plant? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there a healing power in the sun?

I live in northern New York where we have short hot summers of about 2 to 3 months and long cold winters. I have a variety of health problems, including joint problems, and hormone problems including low testosterone and higher than normal estrogen (I am a male) . I have noticed that in the summertime If I sit outside for one to two hours every day to absorb the sun I feel healthier, my joints hurt less, my hormones seem better, and I have more energy. Also if I have a cut or a twisted ankle It seems to heal faster then in the winter. Assuming that it was the vitamin D from the sun that was causing this , I took vitamin D pills every day in the winter. However, I did not experience any of the benefits that I experienced with regular sunshine exposure. This leads me to believe there is something else, some sort of other healing power in the sun that either science is not aware of yet or that I am simply not aware of. Is this possible?
posted by john123357 on Feb 5, 2013 - 23 answers

Winter sun for a single lady

Winter Sun holiday destination, less than a 12-hour flight from the UK, safe for a single woman to go on her own. Are there any? [more inside]
posted by greenish on Nov 8, 2012 - 25 answers

Compact, effective shade structure for Burning Man?

Asking for a friend: "How do I best go about buying/getting/building a shade structure for Burning Man? Specific requirements, as always, inside." [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jul 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I move my potted vegetable plants to catch the morning sun?

I have a cherry tomato plant and a few pepper plants (scotch bonnets and jalapenos) in pots in a window that faces due west - they get bright shade until about 3 pm, and then hot, direct sun until about 6:30 pm. Should I move them to the front garden (facing south) in the mornings? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How can we measure sun and plant a garden in our urban patio?

What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Can you help us find the anti-Seattle?

Say you have 5 days, $1000 for flight+hotel (+maybe car rental) and you want to get out of rainy Seattle to somewhere warm and relaxing. Where do you go? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Mar 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me block out the sun!

I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

Not only can the sun give me cancer, but it can also make me itchy.

Do you have Polymorphic Light Eruption (PMLE), where your skin breaks into an itchy rash at least once a year when you're out in the sun? How do you deal with it? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Feb 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Sun Valley hiking trip with Fido

We're planning a road trip to Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho this spring. We're avid hikers and we'll have a dog with us. What advice or tips can you give us? [more inside]
posted by grayber on Feb 5, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the Sun done for me, lately?

So let's say we wanted to blow up the sun... [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Nov 23, 2011 - 34 answers

Most accurate calendar

I am looking for the most accurate calendar. With even increments and no exceptions(leap years). [more inside]
posted by digdan on Nov 18, 2011 - 19 answers

Thermodynamic fashion.

How to get a really good looking tan? Is there an aesthetic difference between "side-effect" tans and "lie-down" tans? And, should one tan their face? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Sep 14, 2011 - 10 answers

How close could a satellite get to the sun, and how much energy could it harvest?

If some future civilization decided that they should tap solar energy at the source for industrial purposes, how close to the Sun could they site their energy collection facilities without having them burst into flames/die from radiation degradation, and how much energy could they harvest? Just to keep things simple, say they use photovoltaics or some other technology we have access to. [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on Sep 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it possible to sun tan safely?

Is it possible to sun tan safely? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 22, 2011 - 23 answers

Manhattanhenge

How do I calculate when the sun will rise directly over a particular landmark? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jul 20, 2011 - 8 answers

How to stop me being quite such a salty seadog?

When sailing, how do you protect your face from wind and salt as well as the sun? [more inside]
posted by penguin pie on Jul 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Inflatable pool care

Inflatable kids pool - best way to warm the water and keep it clean over a long weekend. [more inside]
posted by Joh on Jul 4, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I make my permanently sunburned red face, less red?

How do I make my permanently sunburned red face, less red? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Keeping cool on the sidelines

What is the best way to keep a merry band of seven- and eight-year old girls cool at soccer games? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

The sun turns me into The Fly.

YANMD, but MD(ermatologist) can't see me until October (!), thanks to some excellent health insurance. Last summer I started, seemingly out of nowhere, having a very odd and very severe reaction to the sun on my face - whiteheads, all over, almost literally in crops all over my face. If you picture a person's skin being almost completely swapped for whiteheads, that's along the lines of what I had (not on eyelids, etc, but it hurt and felt horrific). It might be getting worse, I can't get to see a dermatologist, and I work outside in the summers - is there any help for me this summer? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Jun 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Maybe I should just live in a walk-in fridge

Even though I have central air, my large and sunny room is too hot for my heat-sensitive self. What strategies can I employ in order to keep it more tolerable in this hot, humid Jersey summer? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on May 31, 2011 - 27 answers

Gobble, gobble, gobble, we'll talk turkey to that sun.

I was in a school play when I was in the first grade, in 1976. I would love to know what the play was, so I can find it and read it again! [more inside]
posted by tomboko on May 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a new (warm) place to call home.

I'm looking to move, and I need some help figuring out where. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Mar 31, 2011 - 7 answers

Sun over the yardarm?

Is the sun over the yardarm earlier when one is closer to the equator?
posted by pompomtom on Feb 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Single? Go fuck yourself!

Affordable sunshine for single Toronto gal? Bonus points for dodging single supplements and interesting locales. [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Jan 5, 2011 - 3 answers

1 sunburn = 1 melanoma?

How much sun damage do I have to do to my skin to doom me to skin cancer? I'm a white male in an ozone-free country. [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Dec 19, 2010 - 21 answers

What is Intel doing with all that die?

Why do the specs of some non-x86 processors seem so much better than those of the latest Intel chips, even though Intel's manufacturing is more cutting-edge? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec on Dec 7, 2010 - 8 answers

All clouds and no sun make Homer go something something…

Help me get a solar recharge during the winter! [more inside]
posted by bunji on Nov 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Backups during solar storms

What's the best way to safeguard my backups from the effects of a solar storm? Should I worry about that at all? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo on Sep 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Please explain these layers that can be seen in a setting sun

Atmospheric science filter: This picture of the sun was taken while it was setting over the NE Pacific Ocean. Is there a scientific explanation of why there are distinct, horizontal darkening layers of color on the orb from top to bottom?
posted by surfgator on Aug 26, 2010 - 9 answers

How to attend Burning Man while avoiding the sun?

I really don't like the sun. I would like to go to Burning Man. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by the jam on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

Why can't I stare at the sun?

What evidence is there that staring at the sun makes you go blind? [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Jul 15, 2010 - 19 answers

What's the best sun hat ever?

I'm heading out this August for a 3-week whitewater kayaking trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. It's going to be very hot and very sunny, and I'm going to need a sun hat or two. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Jun 10, 2010 - 7 answers

clothing to stay cool & sun safe

sun-protection filter: after several summers mostly indoors, I've been outside quite a bit lately, and it's definitely feeling like that hole in the ozone has got *a lot* bigger - so, clothing-wise, what to wear? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 on Jun 3, 2010 - 9 answers

How can we get California citrus back in New York?

How can we get California citrus back in New York? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on May 3, 2010 - 3 answers

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