Most people think of astronomy as a nighttime activity, but if you hate staying up late, you’re in luck! As it turns out, there’s a whole lot of fascinating celestial objects and phenomena that can only be observed in the bright light of day.
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It may not seem obvious, but the closest star to us is actually… the Sun. That massive glowing ball of (mostly) hydrogen and helium is pretty hard to miss, especially considering that it fuels all life on Earth.
Paradoxically, the Sun is also an object that we really need to avoid looking at directly. But safely observing the Sun is possible with some creative maneuvering. One approach is to take a telescope and fit a special solar filter over its front end, so that the Sun’s brightness and its harmful wavelengths get blocked.
Another safe way to get a look at the Sun is to project its image onto a white card. Place the card behind a small telescope or a pair of binoculars, focus the eyepiece a little, and the Sun’s visible surface will come into view!
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