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    Fast Facts: Oct. 5

    • It’s known as the Plough in England and the Casserole in France; in America, we call it the Big Dipper.
    • Proxima Centauri is the closest star to our solar system, but it’s so dim that it cannot be seen with the naked eye.
    • Originally, the Milky Way wasn’t the name of our galaxy, but the name of a much smaller belt of stars that form a whiteish glow across Earth’s sky at night.
    • The “”dog days”” of summer are so-named because the period marks the time of year that Sirius (the dog star) is seen rising and seting with the Sun.
    • Although they appear close in the sky when viewed from Earth, stars in some constellations are actually thousands of light years away from one another.

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