Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fact of the Day: Sun's Neighbor

In 1915, Scottish astronomer Robert Innes discovered the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. Besides the Sun, it is the closest star to Earth. Which is about 4.24 light years away.

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  1. So is it close to Alpha Centauri? :-)

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  2. Ah somerhing I did know. Where's my prize?

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  3. I didn´t hear about this star before, very interesting fact. Kisses:)

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  4. Oh my, and I bet there is a lot more to be discovered.

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    1. "There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world"- Carl Sagan

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  5. I was born too early. I will never visit Proxima Centauri :(

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  6. The distances in the universe are still hard to take in for me - who could ever really imagine how far away 4 light years are?

    -Kati

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    1. on a human perspective, 4 light years is farther than you could imagine. But on a cosmic perspective, it's just a step out of our backyard.

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  7. Need to be able to travel at light speed now to find them all

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  9. Amazing fact ! Hope one day we will be able to travel to discover univers :)

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  10. Special sun picture.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  11. This other sun is so close it's like we have a spare. NOT!

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  12. The universe is so amazing! It's always exciting when we are introduced to new elements of it!

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  13. Wow! There are lots to find up there!

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