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5 stars

Our closest star, the sun, revolves around the milky way.

On a dark clear night, the amount of stars you see can feel endless. And some of them can look really close. The closest star to our sun, Proxima Centaury, is 4.2 light years away from earth. For reference: It would take Voyager 2 35,000 years to reach it. By comparison, our sun is quite a small star. In fact, basically every star you see is bigger and brighter than the sun. Stars with the same size can only be detected with the help of telescopes.

The biggest known star VY Canis Majoris is estimated to be 2,000 times the size of the sun. If it were in the suns place, earth would be swallowed and the star would reach past Jupiter. Big stars are quite impressive: When they die, they can turn into a massive black hole. When our sun dies, it will turn into a white dwarf. Huge stars have a shorter lifespan than smaller stars.

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