Sun Lights
July 2017

Just as the Earth revolves around the sun, nearly all life upon the Earth revolves around and is dependent upon it. The sun feeds and powers us, its light guided the evolution of our eyes, and it illuminates our myths and metaphors. Even so, it projects damaging ultraviolet radiation, and one day it will expand into a red giant and consume us along with much of the solar system. For the next five billion or so years however, the sun will continue to warm us, regulate our circadian rhythms, and encourage us to spend long summer days at the beach. This issue looks at all the ways we relate to the sun, but also, for contrast, a few of those other lights that shine not from above but from beneath the ground -- the geothermal activity of volcanos, and the luminous colors of crystal growth.

An Aviation Field

by Joana Pimenta
FILM

You Can Sunbathe in the Storm

by Alice Dunseath
FILM

Without Fire

by Eliza McNitt
FILM

Laboratory Sun

by Tiago Marconi
FILM

Why sunflowers follow the sun

by Chris Burns
FILM

They Shine

by Rosa Barba
FILM

Look at the Sun

by Brent Hoff
FILM

Brilliant Noise

by Semiconductor
FILM

Nature's Switch

by Caroline Ward Erinma Ochu
FILM

How We Get Our Skin Color

by Laura Bonetta Fabian De Kok-Mercado
FILM

Sun Milk

by Silvan Zweifel
FILM

Heliozoan

by Sally Warring
FILM

Three Light Bulbs

by Min Ding
FILM

In Defense of Pondscum

by Danielle Parsons
FILM

Golden Shot

by Gökalp Gönen
FILM

Sleepless

by Ellie Land
FILM

A Net to Catch The Light (视网膜 )

by Erin Espelie
FILM

Stormy Sun

by Daniel Münter
FILM

Solar Sinter Project

by Markus Kayser
FILM

The Astronomer's Sun

by Simon Cartwright Jessica Cope
FILM

Icarus

by César Pesquera
FILM
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