Twinkle, twinkle no more — now astronomers can see other stars as living, breathing suns.
It was 1975. I was a 9-year-old living in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and the cover of the latest issue of Astronomy magazine had just blown my young mind. What so captivated me on that day was not one of NASA’s new images of Mercury and Venus. They were spectacular, don’t get me wrong, but this thing on the cover of the magazine was something else entirely. It was a picture of Betelgeuse — a star. It was totally different from a blurry planet made clearer and more detailed by a pass...
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