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January 31, 2015


Polaris – I never imagined . . .

The Russian Federal Space Agency released a video that shows how earth could look in the light of other stars.
Many people can’t read Cyrillic, so here are the stars in order of appearance (or you can watch on YouTube and click on the caption option):

  1. Alpha Centauri
  2. Sirius
  3. Arcturus
  4. Vega
  5. Polaris

This is a great visualization of what starlight might be like on other habitable planets. However, these stars couldn’t replace our sun.  Sirius and Vega would blind us; Arcturus, Polaris, and Alpha Centauri would burn the planet to a crisp. None of this makes the video any less awesome. Our sun keeps the earth just the right temperature, and that’s good enough for most people.

Reblogged from RawStory


  1. Makes us realize just how perfect our sun is for us and is very awing.

    • Yes, I feel we landed in a lucky place!

  2. Somewhat hypnotic… even if I don’t understand what any of the words onscreen mean.

    • There is a version somewhere where you can call up captions on the screen. I had trouble embedding that one, however.

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