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Originally posted by schuyler
Constellations are completelty arbitrary and in the eye of the beholder. The sun is simply a point of light in the sky seen from elsewhere. Insofar as it is bright enough to be seen, then sure, of course.
It's not enough to simply be seen around a bunch of other stars. When you see the constellation of Orion, for example, those stars are nowhere near each other. A constellation is not "painted" on a flat surface. One star in the constellation could be 10 light years away and the next 110 light years away. It's just that from our perspective they tend to line up in a line so we can say, "Hey, that's Orion's belt!"
The point is that we create constellations out of our own minds. There's not a picture of a guy out there that we call Orion. We just made it up, just like we mad up the Big Dipper or Draco.edit on 3/13/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)