What am I watching?January 31, 2015
Polaris – I never imagined . . .
The Russian Federal Space Agency released a video that shows how earth could look in the light of other stars.
Many people can’t read Cyrillic, so here are the stars in order of appearance (or you can watch on YouTube and click on the caption option):
- Alpha Centauri
This is a great visualization of what starlight might be like on other habitable planets. However, these stars couldn’t replace our sun. Sirius and Vega would blind us; Arcturus, Polaris, and Alpha Centauri would burn the planet to a crisp. None of this makes the video any less awesome. Our sun keeps the earth just the right temperature, and that’s good enough for most people.