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How far is the earth from the star?


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January 14, 2011 8:31PM

The question neglects to mention which particular star it's interested in.

The earth is roughly 93 million miles from the nearest star ... the one we call "the sun" ...

and is gravitationally bound to that one.

The next nearest star to us is the one we call "Alpha Centauri". The distance to that one

is about 4.4 light years, or roughly 25,865,000,000,000 miles. (rounded to the nearest

billion miles)