My “Fun Science Fact” for the day: It can take a photon 40,000 YEARS to travel from the core of the Sun to the surface.
But, only 8 MINUTES to travel from the surface of the Sun to the Earth!
Wow! Pretty amazing stuff, huh?
Then I thought, well, maybe I should define photon. You know, a particle of light. Nice and simple. Right?
This is a sin wave. It’s not as innocent as it looks!
Really stupid idea – because it turns out people who talk about photons use terms such as, sinusoidal – I had to look it up, it means a sin wave. I’d been better off if sinusoidal had something to do with sinus, you know nasal passages – boogers and stuff!
And it turns out people who talk about photons also talk about Quantum Mechanics. Yes, even on a hot, miserable, humid Texas day, you feel the cooling breeze, as the physics information zip zooms right through my empty head.
According to extremely intelligent scientists, who answer questions on the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Science, Argonne National Laboratory, photons are described as evasive, elements of conjecture and also very frustrating to explain .
There are rules, in place, for when they MIGHT show up, or where they are SUPPOSED to be, but that’s it. No definitive answers! They exist in a kind an ethereal phased movement.
A good visual is The Twins, from the movie, The Matrix Reloaded. The scientists from the Argonne National Laboratory recommended them, as an example, of how protons supposedly move. Once you get past the advertisement (grrr) The Twins do their proton thing around the 20 second mark and then again around the 1:55 to 2 minute mark.
Personally, I’m more a fan of “Hattie” The Hatbox Ghost, from The Haunted Mansion. Sort of the same idea as the Matrix, just more my speed!