In the northern reaches of Ophiuchus lies tiny, faint Barnard's Star, one of the Sun's
nearest neighbours in space.
The Sun's near-neighbour Barnard's Star, a faint
star in Ophiuchus less than six
light years from Earth's
Solar System. Indications have been discovered that this
red dwarf might have one or more attendant
The Galactic position and direction of Barnard's Star relative to Earth's Sun. Note that, at this
extreme scale, the two stars are effectively in the same place.
After Proxima and Alpha Centauri, Barnard's Star is the
Sun's closest neighbour in space. Nonetheless, it is a tiny, feeble
star and quite invisible to the naked eye.
To an observer near Barnard's Star, Orion is still
clearly recognisable. Following the line of the Belt downwards and eastwards, though,
reveals a new, yellow star of first
magnitude: our own Sun, nearly six
light years away.
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