We all know that there are billions of stars in the universe. In fact, there are approximately 200-400 billion stars within our won galaxy. But have you ever wondered about the stars within our local star group? Or what they look like?
The nearest star to our sun is approximately 4.7 light years away. Not very far you say? I could get there and back before the weekend finishes?
Consider this. Voyager 1, released in 1977, is the furthest man-made object away from our sun. It has travelled 17 light hours. This means it has only travelled 17 light hours in 36 years. Hence, Voyager 1 travelled , on average, 0.472 light hours per year over the past 36 years. Therefore, it would take Voyager 1 1482192 years to reach our nearest star. I don’t think I will be around for that.
The following link will provide more detail on the local star group while providing you with an interactive ‘tour’ and an artist impression of what the stars look like.
AS always, I hope you enjoy.