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This is a model of the real positions of the stars in the zodiac constellations. The earth is the blue dot in the center, the blue line is the celestial equator, and the yellow line is the ecliptic (the apparent path of the sun throughout the year). The purple star at the top is the North Star (Polaris).

The yellow star with the magenta ring around it is Alpha Centauri, the closest star at 4.3 light years, or about 25.3 trillion miles.

Obviously, the sizes of the stars are not to scale. At this scale, the blue dot is several times the size of the solar system.

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The green circle on this artist's rendition of the Milky Way (generously) represents the area of the zodiac stars in relation to the rest of the galaxy.