93 million miles away. The perfect distance. A little closer and we'd be on fire. A little farther away and we'd be frozen. It always causes my mind to expand and contract in a semi - convulsory loop (feels good) when I think that to some distant galaxy, our sun appears as a star… a tiny silver dot of light in the celestial heavens.
The sun is of course a star, we just happen to be close to it. So, it's starlight which warms our planet, grows our plants and brightens our emotional state. It's a basic scientific fact we've all come to know since the 3rd grade, but to think that which we commonly refer to as sunlight is by another definition starlight, is cool. You follow… its not a difficult concept.
The concept however allows you to thus view stars in the night sky in an entirely different light, pun purely intended. You get a better idea of their raging heat and violence, as all the while they look tranquil, almost icy, sometimes liquid in their assigned position.
Funny how fire is like water and water is like fire, elementally speaking… following much the same patterns, rhythms , cascades and curls. Have a look at this NASA computer composite of exceptionally severe solar flares which occurred just a few weeks ago, in the middle of May. Some say such flares make folks behave bonkers or bring chapters of life to culmination or conclusion as the case may be. Maybe so. Those flares have probably been raging a lot longer than we've been ascribing them causative power. That however doesn’t mean they don’t affect us.