April 24, 2024

How far apart are stars?

Look up on a clear night, and you’ll see thousands of stars blinking back at you. The trained eye can trace the brightest bodies to find everything from a great hunter to a mythological sea goat, but for most of us, it’s just a dizzying array of dots. But how far apart are those stars?

The average distance between two stars in the Milky Way is around 5 light-years, or 29 trillion miles (47 trillion kilometers), according to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

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