Achernar, a blue-white star in the constellation Eridanus. Achernar has an apparent magnitude of 0.5, making it one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky. It is visible only from locations south of about 32 North latitude. The star has an absolute magnitude of -2.3 and is approximately 118 light-years from the earth.
The occasional sunspot can interrupt communications here on Earth. But major solar flares have the potential to cause more havoc. Could a flare-up wipe out all our electronics?
Venus is the second planet from the sun, and is about the same size as Earth. It is a terrestrial planet, meaning it has a solid surface. But the harsh conditions on Venus make it very inhospitable. Two spacecraft, Pioneer Venus 1 and Magellan, were able to penetrate the thick atmosphere of this planet.