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Our next target is the closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri (Alpha [α] Centauri C). As such, I think it easily makes our list of the sky’s top 1,001 objects, despite its faintness. To find this star, first center its brilliant companion, magnitude –0.1 Rigil Kentaurus (Alpha Centauri A–B). Alpha Cen C lies a bit more than 2° south-southeast. At a distance of 4.22 light-years, C lies 0.17 light-year closer to us than its neighbor. However, it glows meekly at magnitude 11.05, so it’s easy to miss.