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Which star is nearest to the Earth?

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testing1218 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM via web

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Which star is nearest to the Earth?

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM (Answer #1)

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The star nearest to the Earth is the Sun. It is 92 million miles or 149.6 million kilometers away from the Earth. This distance is also known as an astronomical unit or AU. The time taken by light from the Sun to reach the Earth is approximately 8 minutes and 19 seconds. The Sun does not have any special name in astronomy through the Latin name Sol is used in reference to things associated with the Sun.

After the Sun, the nearest star to the Earth belongs to a group made up of three stars, together known as Alpha Centauri.

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kavthuv | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM (Answer #3)

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prosima centuri is the closest star to the earth

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astrosonu | Student | Valedictorian

Posted July 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM (Answer #8)

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Hello! Ha Ha Ha what a easy answer. It is our sun but apart from our sun it is proauxima century.




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astrosonuthird | Student | Valedictorian

Posted August 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM (Answer #9)

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Sun is nearest star from the earth but apart from that it is prauxima centauri.

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soccrkidz13 | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM (Answer #4)

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the star nearest to earth is the sun by far

next is the proxima centauri which is 4.2 light years away

A light year is the distance light travels in a year: 5,880,500,000,000 miles or 9 463 700 000 000 kilometers





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