It’s been raining for 4 days in San Francisco (home of archive.org), and I’ve been wishing for sun all day so I figured a sunny little tour of the archive was in order.
First off, if you’d like to learn a little more about the importance of our shiniest star, you can watch an entertaining educational film by Frank Capra called Our Mr. Sun, part of the A/V Geeks Film Archive.
To see some pretty pictures of what the sun gives us, check out this 1946 film from Del Monte, Gifts of the Sun from the Prelinger Archive. If your tastes run more to the psychadelic, try Hymn To The Sun God.
If you prefer to get your information from NASA, check out these brief segments from the NASA LaRC Office of Education: The Sun, Sun Basics, Solar Flares and Other Sun Activity, Sun-Earth Connection, and Importance of Studying the Sun (which I really wish I could do right now).
If you want to watch a cheesy horror movie that doesn’t really have anything to do with the sun, check out Terror in the Midnight Sun — according to IMDB, the movie’s tagline is “Monsters walk the earth in ravishing rampage of clawing fury!” so I don’t see how you can go wrong with this one.
Prefer westerns? Try By the Sun’s Rays from 1914.
I’m sure you can find many more sun-related items in the archive, but I need to go sit under my full spectrum light therapy lamp. Enjoy!