Greenwich, England (IP) - The sun will be shut down for a few hours Sunday morning for routine maintenance. People are being urged to sleep in and are being asked not to inundate observatories, and government offices with silly questions when the Sun goes dark.
Solar scientists ate Ames Solar Observatory and Research Center are using a reverse 911 calling system to notify everybody on the Earth about the impending solar shut down. They are trying to avert mass panic and suicide by cult members who will no doubt be totally bummed out when the lights go out.
The solar shut down has to be performed every few years because the Sun is operated on a coal run system and creosote build up in the Sun's flue can cause a fire. Everybody knows how expensive it would be to have to replace the sun.
Scientists have also decided to put a happy face on the Sun for the pure hell of it and welding mask glass or other specially designed solar filters should be employed by laymen who want to get a look at the solar happy face.