SUN VIEWED FROM EARTH: Distance and Apparent Size

Image Credits: NASA/JPL Solar System Simulator developed by: David Seal

Upper Image FOV / Magn:  30° (degrees) / 1x (naked eye)                Lower Image FOV / Magn:  varies so Sun fills image

Simulator Image Notes:  1) Fields of View are measured horizontally.  2) Eclipse shadows of planetary moons are not displayed. 3) Light-Travel Time is not included in calculated times. 4) Sun is viewed with its local north "upward", i.e. in the 12:00 midnight direction.

W A R N I N G !   It is never safe to look directly at the real Sun with the naked eye!  Moreover, looking at it through a telescope or binoculars without adequate safeguards—even for an instant—can cause permanent blindness!  NEVER DO IT!  To learn how to safely "observe" the real Sun, consult the professionals at your local planetarium or observatory.

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