10 Physics Facts About Summer

As Carl Sagan once wrote: “It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.”

Summer is officially upon us! It’s time for amusement in the radiant heat of a 4.5-billion-year-old sphere of searing plasma that fuses 620 million tons of hydrogen per second – in short: fun in the sun. 
With that in mind, we present these scientific snippets underlying some beloved aspects of the season.


10. Uranians rarely have a midsummer night's dream.

Learn more about the summer solstice



9. If flowers are so good at math why did humans invent calculus?

Learn more about Fibonacci numbers in sunflowers



8. Also, don't add cannonballs.



7. If you see a green sunset, run.

Learn more about the physics of sunsets



6. Related.



5. If you aren't in a loop, it's the harness and terror.



4. Humans also decay to lower energies around campfires.



2. They will also one day rule earth. Look at those eyes. 



1. All kidding aside, we seriously need to figure out how this works so we can harness it.

What’s your favourite summer science factoid? Tweet it to @Perimeter with the hashtag #PhysicsOfSummer. 

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