How far are the nearest stars?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by keyboardguy, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Hi all;
    I found this very interesting video explaining how vast and how big our universe is.

    The closest star is 4.2 light years away, and, well, you'll see.....

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  2. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    The closest star is the sun
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  3. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    Well, I meant besides the sun :sour:
  4. roller

    roller Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Getting your X-Wing ready? :smug:

  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Or perhaps was 4.2 light years away. If it suddenly mysteriously vanished yesterday, we wouldn't know about it until sometime in 2023. It's not the vastness of the universe that blows my's that much of what we see of it from here on Earth isn't actually there any more.
  6. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    The world is so god damn interesting.
  7. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    All we gotta do is roll up space like a newspaper meant to slap your dog with, and poke through it with a hot needle. Then it's right around the corner.
  8. dwm74


    Nov 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Even our own sun, if it were to blow, we wouldn't know it for about eight minutes.

    As an astronomy buff most of my life, getting to comprehend and understand the concept that anytime one looks through a telescope, they're looking back in time. Sometimes dozens, hundreds, thousands of years. But when we look beyond our Milky Way galaxy, we're looking back in time millions of years. The Hubble images show galaxies as they appeared hundreds of millions of years ago, and while they are still there, per se, they have evolved and also moved, although that would be such a slight relative motion that it would barely be noticeable.

    On my astronomy forum, I would tell people who have taken breaks from the hobby not to worry. No matter how long of hiatus (one of mine was 15 years), all those objects will still be there, right where you left them. ;)

    In a philosophical kind of way, it's mind-boggling to think that those photons left that distant galaxy all those millions of years ago, traveled uninterrupted through the vastness of intergalactic space, entered our galaxy, then our solar system, bounced off the mirror in my telescope, then gently landed on my retina, for my and your viewing pleasure.
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  9. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Indeed. Almost as mind-boggling as why the Star Trek band didn't have a bass player. ;)

  10. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
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  11. capnjim


    Mar 13, 2008
    Scotty covers the bass no problem on his keyboard.
    I just wish I could be around when we will be ready to meet aliens and get faster than light technology.
    I would love a vacation on another planet.
  12. What makes you so sure you aren't already?
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  13. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005

    Great point.
  14. Damn! We bass players are always being left out. To whoever was the technical director on that series........YOUR FIRED! :D
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  15. A vacation on another planet would be great but for now we have to settle for Walmart.
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  16. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
    The nearest star to me would be Alex Morgan. She also lives in Orlando.
  17. Because you would still be feeding paper and cartridges into it this time next year?
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Eight light-minutes away.
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