As I continue my journey in space, I look back at what had once been my home. Deep inside the core, I see the hydrogen atoms fuse together, forming a heavier element, helium. I watch as the ejected photons are constantly blocked by the charged particles in their attempt to escape. When they finally manage to get out, they zoom out of the surface, illuminating everything in their path.
I can see the core converging on itself due to gravity and then regaining its balance through the nuclear explosion. The heat produced from the surface slowly makes its way towards the surface. Being millions of degrees hot and traveling at thousands of miles an hour, this heat makes the sun boil on the surface like a pan of hot water.
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The magnetic fields, trapped inside the sun for the last 10 years, emerge through the surface and leave behind dark spots thousands of kilometers wide. It’s one hell of a sight! There must be sunspots elsewhere on the surface of the sun too. I watch as the sun slowly flips its magnetic poles and thousands and thousands of loops on the surface of the sun appear, similar to the one I used to form not very long ago. Hot gas sweeps around the magnetic field for around thirty thousand miles height, twisting and turning under sun’s changing speed. Every now and then I see humungous amounts of plasma similar to myself zoom out of the sun, like a cannon ball from the cannon gun.
Solar Dynamics Observatory. Sights From Cosmic Heights. 2014. nbcnews.com. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
Apart from the unexpected noises from the sun periodically scaring me out of my wits, my journey continues peacefully. Because space here is not so suffocating and there is no gravity to keep me bottled up, I eventually spread out, making myself billions of kilometers wide. I am not so intense as I was earlier and I glide through space at a million miles per hour. I am like a humungous orange band glowing in the darkness. Now and then I pass asteroids floating around in space.
After a few hours, I reach Mercury. Tiny and isolated, it quietly orbits the sun. Being so near to the sun, it is hot and barren. I see a thin layer of atmosphere hanging about. As I pass through it, I strip away that tiny amount of atmosphere, leaving it rocky and barren. I continue my journey for another day when I reach Venus. It has a relatively thick layer of oxygen surrounding it. It meets the same fate as Mercury and I leave it behind barren.
NASA/GSFC. Artist’s rendition of a solar storm stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. 2015. nasa.gov. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.
After another day of traveling, 93 million miles from the sun and I come to Earth. From miles apart, I see tons of activity in and around it. There are many satellites orbiting it, like bodyguards, their widespread wings and antennas ready to warn its inhabitants of incoming danger. The sunlight falling on the earth reveals vast amounts of water and chunks of land randomly sprinkled on the surface. A little far off into space, I watch the moon orbiting the earth. On Earth, I watch as waves rise up and down, torn between gravitational pulls of moon and earth. The same water lies frozen at the poles, white and abandoned. Clouds, randomly sprinkled, float about a few kilometers from the surface. I am amused to see the same water in three different states at once. Even as I approach earth, I sense the strong magnetic field, restraining me from going any further. It extends several kilometers into space and it is like I ran into a wall. Gearing up for the fight, I pull out a shield of my own. The charged particles inside me produce a strong magnetic field and I orient myself upside down so that Earth’s magnetic field is opposite to that of mine.
And the battle begins.
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