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It is in every way staggering, yet relatable. Stories in the Stars. I'm sorry This became uncomfortably easy for me particularly after seeing this xkcd. May 16, JzArain rated it it was amazing.
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Looking at the Stars Jo Cotterill. This question raises the fascinating issue of look-back times. Because of the finite speed of light, when you gaze up into the night sky, you are looking into the past.
The bright star Sirius is 8. That means the light hitting your eye tonight has been traveling for 8. Put another way: When you look at Sirius tonight, you see it as it was 8. As you look at more distant objects, the effect becomes bigger and bigger.
The stars of the Big Dipper range from 60 to light years away. That is your birth star—the one whose visible light is the same age you are. When you look at that star tonight, you see it as it was at the time of your birth.
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