Thought experiment: Light pollution from Rigel

Reading around in preparation for IDASF’s public outreach table at this Saturday’s Everglades Day, I ran across this from Bob Berman, author of Secrets of the Night Sky.

If Rigel, one of the brightest stars in Orion, were suddenly to move as close as the other stars in that constellation, “our nocturnal landscape would tingle with sharp, alien Rigel shadows, and the night sky would always be as bright as when a full moon is out. Most of the universe would disappear from view.”

Guess we have it pretty lucky…

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