how close is the closest star...other than the sun?

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Offline kdlynn

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the sun is a star, right? so it's the closest... but how far away is the next closest star? has anyone figured out where it is yet?

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how close is the closest star...other than the sun?
« Reply #1 on: 19/09/2007 04:25:43 »
YOU! hehe
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« Reply #2 on: 19/09/2007 04:27:40 »
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« Reply #3 on: 19/09/2007 04:47:03 »
You are welcome! It is true!  I wikepedia'ed and you came up! hehe J/K But I think so anyways!
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how close is the closest star...other than the sun?
« Reply #4 on: 19/09/2007 07:50:10 »
Proxima Centauri - 4 & a bit light years.

Here's a list of stars closest to us...

http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/extra/nearest.html
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« Reply #5 on: 19/09/2007 22:29:12 »
Proxima Centauri being one of a triple system I presume it rotates about the the other larger pair.
What is the plane of its rotation, are there times when it is not the closest to us?
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« Reply #6 on: 19/09/2007 22:42:49 »
Proxima Centauri being one of a triple system I presume it rotates about the the other larger pair.
What is the plane of its rotation, are there times when it is not the closest to us?

Funny you should mention triple star systems !!
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=9802.0
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