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Sol: Giver of Life

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Sol: Giver of Life

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“Sol,” which is the Latin word for Sun, isn’t the biggest or most impressive star around.  Although we cannot perceive our stalwart patron at its apex without damaging our eyes – due to its brilliantly blinding apparent visual magnitude (mv) of -26.74  – were the Earth located just ten parsecs away the star would be barely perceivable to us in the night sky, with an absolute visual magnitude (Mv) of 4.83.[1] Even so, Sol is the sole supplier of energy for our planet.

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