„According to my theory, a dark spot in the sun is a place in its atmosphere which happens to be free from luminous decompositions“

—  William Herschel, above it Ch.4 "Life and Works" quote from his paper "Nature and Construction of the Sun and Fixed Stars" (1795).
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„There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence transform a yellow spot into a sun.“

—  Pablo Picasso Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer 1881 - 1973
1950s, In: Sergei Eisenstein (1957), Film form [and]: The film sense, p. 127.

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„In the dark of the sun will you save me a place?
Give me hope, give me comfort, get me to a better place?“

—  Tom Petty American musician 1950
Lyrics, Into The Great Wide Open (1991), The Dark Of The Sun, written with Jeff Lynne

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„Thinking of the sun makes
my heart beat faster — too fast!
What darkness!
From this night winter begins.“

—  Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Thinking Of The Sun (1911), Variant translations: Memory of sun fades in my heart What is this? Darkness? Maybe! — During the night comes winter. "Memory of the Sun" (alternate translation by Paula Goodman)

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„It is very probable that the great stratum called the Milky Way is that in which the sun is placed, though perhaps not in the very centre of its thickness.“

—  William Herschel German-born British astronomer, technical expert, and composer 1738 - 1822
Context: It is very probable that the great stratum called the Milky Way is that in which the sun is placed, though perhaps not in the very centre of its thickness.... We gather this from the appearance of the Galaxy, which seems to encompass the whole heavens, as it certainly must do if the sun is within it.<!-- p. 159-160 Ch.4 "Life and Works".

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„Fabricius finds certain spots and clouds in the sun.“

—  Robert Burton, L'anatomia della malinconia
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part II, Section 2, member 3.

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„[Venice is] somewhat disguised by the artists who usually paint Venice, who have disfigured it by turning it into a city heated by the brightest and hottest sun. On the contrary, Venice, like all luminous cities, has a grey hue, the atmosphere is mild and misty and the sky arrays itself with clouds, just like the sky of our Norman and Dutch regions.“

—  Eugène Boudin French painter 1824 - 1898
1880s - 1890s, Quote of Boudin's letter, from Venice, 1895; to art-dealer Durand-Ruel; as cited in 'Venice, The Grand Canal' 1895, by Anne-Marie Bergeret-Gourbin https://www.museothyssen.org/en/collection/artists/boudin-eugene/venice-grand-canal, Museo Thyssen

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„To me, the fact that the suns magnetic field is linked more closely to earth now lends credence to theories like that of Henrik Svensmark, which points to an extraterrestrial driver of climate change, cosmic rays which form cloud nuclei in our atmosphere, modulated by solar variance.“

—  Anthony Watts American television meteorologist 1958
2007, From AGU – the cause of Aurora Borealis and TSI questions http://wattsupwiththat.com/2007/12/15/from-agu-confirming-the-cause-of-aurora-borealis/, wattsupwiththat.com, December 15, 2007.

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