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Posted on Thursday, December 09 @ 13:25:15 CST by astronomy
 
 
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THE NEAREST STAR

The Sun is our closest star—in fact, it is about 270,000 times closer than the next nearest star, Alpha Centauri, and is the only star whose surface we can see in any detail.



The Sun's proximity makes proper safety precautions essential. Cutting corners can permanently damage your eyesight—Galileo's blindness in later life was probably caused by slapdash solar-observing methods.

 
 
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