Close to Home by John McPherson

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  1. Barry Carter

    Barry Carter said, about 1 year ago

    Unimpressive. There are already several such known stars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_known_stars#List

    Additionally, at a distance of more than 5 light hours (a fraction of a light year), this star would be LESS BRIGHT than the sun.

  2. Doosenbury

    Doosenbury said, about 1 year ago

    Oops! I forgot my sunglasses!

  3. George Tirebiter

    George Tirebiter said, about 1 year ago

    Pretty common, actually. Sol is a class G3 yellow dwarf. Stars go up to “super giant” sizes.

  4. Ryan (Say what now?!)

    Ryan (Say what now?!) GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    He needs a little aloe.

  5. WillardMBaker

    WillardMBaker said, about 1 year ago

    Looks like a victim of a gamma ray burst. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-ray_burst

  6. cdward

    cdward said, about 1 year ago

    So why’s he so hot under the collar?

  7. David Henderson

    David Henderson said, about 1 year ago

    Or did he just point the telescope at our sun?

  8. CarlosWKing

    CarlosWKing GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Focus Zifner, focus.

  9. Dave8972X

    Dave8972X GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    If you can’t take the heat…..

  10. caller49

    caller49 said, about 1 year ago

    Well now, break out the sun glasses and suntan lotion let’s get there quick as possible.

  11. Saskfan

    Saskfan said, about 1 year ago

    Unfortunately, today’s astronomers would usually just burn out a CCD sensor if such an event occurred. Very little professional astronomy is done by actually looking through the telescope.

    Amateur astronomers, on the other hand, are indispensible, because of the number of small scope around the world, pointing in so many directions. They often see things that the professionals might miss.

  12. Scyphi

    Scyphi GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Even if it was 1,000 times the size of our sun, it’d be far enough away that it’d still be the equivalent of a pinprick of light to the unaided eye. It’d have to be a REALLY powerful telescope (the likes of which do not exist that I know of on this planet) in order to even be blinded from looking at it. You’d more likely strain your eyes just trying to make out what it is, especially with the telescope portrayed here.

  13. nazzofoggenmach

    nazzofoggenmach GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    when proactiv fails…

  14. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 1 year ago

    Saskfan: Mainly in discovering comets.

  15. Pelahnar

    Pelahnar said, about 1 year ago

    People have pointed out that plenty of stars that bright exist, but despite one person even referring to our star as “Sol”, no one has pointed out that “Solar System” is specifically the name of the system that we live in. All others are called “Star Systems”.

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