44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to Our Sun #infographic

44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to Our Sun #infographic

Stars have captivated the imagination of mankind ever since the dawn of our life. We know that the sun is the closest star on Earth but what of the planets outside of our solar system? It chart looks at the 44 closest stars, detailing the size, luminosity, constellations, structures and potential planets of each star.

Alpha Centauri is the nearest star after the sun to Earth, at a spectacular distance of around 4.3 light years away. In fact, Alpha Centauri is a triple star system that includes 4,244 light years of Proxima Centauri, 4,365 light years of Alpha Centauri A and 4,37 light years of Alpha Centauri B. But the nearest star theoretically is Proxima Centauri. Alpha Centauri A represents the largest and brightest star in the system. It is about 10% larger than our sun, 22% larger and 150% brighter.

The burning question is, do planets belong to Alpha Centauri? The discovery of an exoplanet super-Earth orbiting our closest celestial neighbor, Proxima Centauri, the smallest star of the galaxy, was announced by scientists in 2016 The Planet Proxima Centauri b is expected to be a rocky and temperate planet. The (Proxima Centauri habitability b) has not been decided yet scientists speculate that the enormous solar flares of Proxima Centauri would render the earth incompatible with existence. However, these flares may be uncommon or UV-resistant species may inhabit the planet.

44 Closest Stars and How They Compare to Our Sun #infographic

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