The Sun was once considered to be a fairly dim star compared to most other stars in the universe. Recent discoveries have shown, however, that there are many more red dwarf stars than expected. This makes our star brighter than about 85% of all stars.
This shouldn’t be taken to mean it is close to the brightest stars out there. In fact, the brightest (and most massive) known star, R136a1, is over 8 billion times brighter than our Sun. Even though this star is so incredibly bright, humans can’t even see it with the unaided eye. The Sun, on the other hand, is so bright in our sky that it can quickly do irreversible damage to the human eye.
Discover the wonders of our sun in SunStruck. Its incredible energy has supported life on earth for millennia, but is now threatening our technology and way of life. Travel to the distant future to discover our sun’s connection to the universe’s cosmic cycle of life and death.