Our planet’s view of the sun is critical to life, obviously, but equally critical is that it’s a shielded view.
Neither the Earth nor the human race is allowably described as unusual, because that could suggest (shudder) intelligent design.
“Remove the sun,” wrote Isaac Asimov, “and the human brain would not have developed.”
On August 21, we Americans got to see a total solar eclipse.
I drove up to Wyoming last month to photograph the eclipse. It was my first totality. Very cool.