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What is the Nearest Star to Earth?Closest Stars to Earth

Check out our list of the top ten closest stars to Earth. What is the nearest star to Earth you ask? Well it’s the Sun of course! Read on and find out what the next closest stars are, you may have heard of some of them or even seen them in the night sky. The distances to Earth are measured in light years (the distance light travels in one year) and some of the stars mentioned are binary stars which are actually two stars located very close to each other. Enjoy our top ten list of the closest stars to Earth as well as all our other fun science facts for kids.

 


 

Number
Star name
Distance from Earth in light years
1.
0.0000158
2.
Proxima Centauri
4.2421
3.
Alpha Centauri (binary star)
4.3650
4.
Barnard's Star
5.9630
5.
Wolf 359
7.7825
6.
Lalande 21185
8.2905
7.
Sirius (binary star)
8.5828
8.
Luyten 726-8 (binary star)
8.7280
9.
Ross 154
9.6813
10.
Ross 248
10.322

 


 

 

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