Tuesday, June 18---There were many reports of a mysterious glowing object in the sky over the Chicago area after the fog cleared in the afternoon today.
Witnesses reported the object was so bright it hurt to look at it. Some had vague memories of seeing it before, but weeks of rain and fog had muddled their memories.
Others took selfies in the bright light of the object. "You don't see something like this every day," said Vic Mayfield, of Wicker Park. "It's almost like you need special glasses or something." He waved at the object and shaded his eyes.
Historians at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago confirmed that the object was not a UFO. "It's Ra, the sun god. Our prayers have been answered."
Astronomers at the Adler Planetarium said that this glowing object is called the sun. The sun is a star, and our planet, Earth, orbits around it. In fact, they say, the hours of sunlight in the Northern hemisphere are almost at their maximum now, as we approach the summer solstice on June 21.
This is very old news, they said. Solstices and equinoxes have been observed for thousands of years. And eclipses, too. Why, there was a solar eclipse across the United States not that long ago. Did you see it? You can read more about it, here.
Scientists agree the sun is essential to life on Earth. Could it be the source of global warming? Meteorologists said that the sun may be a contributing factor.
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