How to make a realistic sun?

I’m trying to make a sun for my game. It’s a pretty focal point, so it needs to look good, and realistic. I’ve tried adding a sun texture to a sphere, but it looks very plain, even flat, and not at all fiery. I tried adding a fiery particles effect, but that did nothing either. So what can I do to make it look more realistic?

Does the player need to interact with it? Or will it just sit there in the sky. If is option #2, why not just using a nice skybox, use a directional light with cookies, and that should look pretty good (that worked for me). :stuck_out_tongue:

If you want to have an actual object and texture it as a sun, etc, then I would suggest using a nice texture, use normal maps, and if apply some effects to imitate heat. :slight_smile: