How come we struggle to see France (which is huge) from Dover (which is 50km away), yet the Sun (>150km away) is often clearly visible?

The Sun, which is often assumed to be larger than a soccer ball) is sometimes visible with the naked eye from planet Earth, despite being more than 150km distant. Yet France, which is several million times larger than a soccer ball, is rarely visible from Dover (which is only 50km away). It seems like NASA is lying... show more The Sun, which is often assumed to be larger than a soccer ball) is sometimes visible with the naked eye from planet Earth, despite being more than 150km distant. Yet France, which is several million times larger than a soccer ball, is rarely visible from Dover (which is only 50km away). It seems like NASA is lying to us somewhere, don't you agree? How can Physics explain these anomalies?
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