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.

20 comments:

Kay said...

So is it close to Alpha Centauri? :-)

Blue Grumpster said...

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

Bob Bushell said...

I thought there was only us?

Pilar Domínguez said...

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

Margaret D said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Adam said...

very close

Adam said...

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

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Astronomy is very fascinating!

Kati said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

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

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Caro * said...

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

FilipBlog said...

Special sun picture.

Greetings,
Filip

Adam said...

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.

Mary Kirkland said...

I didn't know that.

stephen Hayes said...

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

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Joy said...

Wow! There are lots to find up there!

Linda said...

Fascinating!