4.57 billion years ago our sun was born. The theorists believe that the sun has sufficient resources to continue its life for a further 4 to 5 billion years.
Rather like myself, the sun is middle aged, however it will remain middle aged a lot longer than yours truly.
Present day life on planet earth depends upon both the light the sun steadily emits and the warmth it radiates.
With the protection the earth’s atmosphere provides, earth’s orbit around the sun, the assistance of the earth’s magnetic field and the moon’s gravitational contribution, the earth’s climate just keeps on rolling along.
As the earth’s axis is on a tilt we are lucky enough to get seasonal variations which overall are consistent year in, year out.
A wonder of the world is that as the earth orbits around the sun, the moon orbits around the earth and every so often the earth, moon and sun are in line and the moon will cover the sun perfectly.
This solar eclipse phenomenon is due to the apparent size of the moon being the same as the apparent size of the much bigger and much farther away sun.
One hell of a coincidence I say.
Just 100 million years ago the moon was closer to the earth and therefore the moon would have masked the sun for much longer and as the moon gets farther away from the earth in the future there will only be partial eclipses as the moon passes in front of the sun.
It is a condition for humankind to continue to exist that periodically the radiation from the sun has to be obscured this “perfect” way.
Stonehenge and Avebury were created in Neolithic times, between four and five thousand years ago.
These ancient monuments were built by humans under the direction of robots from a planet orbiting in a long lost and unnamed solar system somewhere in The Milky Way. The robots were created on this planet by a rapidly dying carbon based humanoid race not dissimilar to ours.
Their sun was at the end of its life and was rapidly expanding and would soon boil away their seas and atmosphere so ending all forms of life in a matter of centuries.
As the humanoids started to die out they realised that their only hope of survival would be to colonise a similar planet.
They experimented with terra-forming on planets further away from their sun but soon recognised their efforts were futile, time just was not on their side and it would have been just two centuries before they would have to do it all again.
Their only hope was to find a similar star system like theirs but even with their technology distance was a problem.
The decision was made.
They would export their DNA to another planet. The robots would survive the thousands of years of travel and they would travel in a fleet of spacecraft to each investigate possible star systems.
The ones that found earth five thousand years ago found that the planet was almost perfect.
A primitive form of humanoid was found and the DNA transferred using a viral infection that eventually became worldwide.
After seven or eight generations the new humans started to develop, though some failed to develop the dark skin pigment as directed by the DNA.
The robots trained the new humans to build the structures the robots would require to send intellect updates to mankind on a regular basis. Under their supervision the Avebury and Stonehenge stone circles were built.
The robots left planet earth and took up residence on the moon.
To keep their presence hidden from the developing humans the robots stopped the moon from revolving and set up a base on the side of the moon now facing away from the earth.
The updates are sent to earth by the robots each time there is a solar eclipse. This is the only time the radiation from the sun is blocked from reaching the earth.
This is the dark side of the sun, the side of the sun from which no light or other radiation alights on planet earth.
Mankind, however, continues to be upgraded at each and every solar eclipse that extends between Avebury and Stonehenge.
And you will have felt it happen.
Every few years when there is a solar eclipse over the South of England we all look up to the sky during the eclipse and we each feel the thrill of the upgrade.
Copyright © Stuart Danton 2007