Putting the Scholz’s Star fly-by in perspective

You may have heard, scientists recently determined that Scholz’s Star passed within a petameter of the Sun only 70 thousand years ago. That means it swept through our Oort Cloud. (For a good perspective on how far out the Oort Cloud is, click here.)

Well, if you’re thinking that those numbers really don’t help you understand how close that is in interstellar terms, here’s a graphic to help you make sense of it, with the distances to many of the nearest stars provided for perspective.


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