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October 22, 2018

#2062: Barnard's Star

Barnard's Star

[A black sky is shown with a yellow spot near the bottom, left of the center. Three smaller red spots at the diagonal from top left to bottom right indicate a moving star over time. Above these red spots lines are connected to a text that starts and ends with many As, first growing, and at the end getting smaller:]

…AAAAHHi Sun! I was here billions of years before you formed and will shine for trillions of years after you dieEEEEEEAAA…

[Caption below the frame:]

Sometimes, I wonder what Barnard’s Star is saying to the Sun as it performs its 20,000-year-long high-speed flyby.