Sunday, February 11, 2007

Perspective

It's fascinating to see Ben and Joaquin grow. Ben is 5 years old. He can't yet grasp the magnitude of things like "one million" or the fact that dinosaurs lived a long, long time ago.

Yesterday while Ben and I were killing some time, I browsed to the Astronomy Picture of the Day Archives and came across this picture of the Sun. I thought it was a good opportunity to learn about this thing that literally governs his daily life.

I pointed to the picture of the surface of the Sun and told him that if he was in a space ship and went to that spot, his space ship would melt.

To which, he said, "And your crayons too! Anything waxy would melt!"

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