Stars within 50 Light Years
We have come to a distance of 200 light years from the Sun -- and we are still a jump away from being able to see it. The brightest of the stars in this image are the stars located within 50 light years of the Sun. The rest are background stars, far behind the Sun and its neighbors in space. These background stars will be visible in each of the next ten jumps as we get closer to the Sun and Earth. They are far enough away that our smaller and smaller jumps will produce no change in their positions relative to the Sun. The bright star inside the small square near the right edge is Sirius, near the Sun and intrinsically much brighter.
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