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A Giant Orbit

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Animation (Orbit Demo)

Imagine orbiting the Sun at a distance, not of 93 million miles, as the Earth does, but at over 100 trillion miles. You'd be orbiting amongst the stars! In this image, we are "orbiting" 7.5 parsecs (24.5 light years) from the Sun, looking back towards it. From this vantage point we can see many other nearby stars "orbiting" as well. Some highlights: Sirius and Procyon, usually the two brightest stars, forming a close pair most of the time, and Alpha Centauri, appearing below the Sun and making a small orbit. See if you can figure out some of the other stars!

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