Nearest Stars

Proxima Centauri

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nearest star to earth,closest star to the sun

Proxima Centauri, also known as Alpha Centauri C, is the closest star to Earth. It is located in the constellation Centaurus.

The star lies at a distance of only 4.243 light years from Earth. The name Proxima means “next to” or “nearest to” in Latin. Proxima’s distance to the second and third closest stars to the Sun, Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, is 0.237 ± 0.011 light years.

Proxima Centauri is very likely the third component of the Alpha Centauri system, but the star’s orbital period may be more than 500,000 years.
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Altair

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altair star,alpha aquilae,brightest star in aquila

Altair, or Alpha Aquilae, is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila, the Eagle. It lies only 16.7 light years from Earth. It has a… Read More »Altair