The Star Neighbourhood

For centuries, before the ancient culture of Greece, before the Pharoahs of Egypt and before Mesopotamia
ruled the world of our ancestors, mankind has dreamed of reaching the stars.

So far we have managed to land men on the moon, probes on a few planets, and have gathered a certain amount of knowledge
concerning ourselves, our planet and the physical laws that regulate us.

But our dream of reaching the stars is not yet fulfilled. So near, yet so far ...

More research, knowledge and sheer willpower are required before we can finally take that bold step. And the stars
that we see in the sky remain as desirable as they ever were .....

One day mankind will reach out to the stars in search of new knowledge and will visit the alien
planets that orbit these distant suns.

When we do, the following star systems are the most likely candidates for receiving a first visit from our people, the new colonists from old Earth:


The nearest 10 stars to Earth (excluding our sun, Sol)
       
1 parsec = 3.2616 light years
star absolute visible magnitude spectral class luminosity
distance - parsecs
Proxima Centauri C 15.45 M5
1.31
Alpha Centauri A 4.3 G2 V
1.34
Alpha Centauri B 5.69 K5 V
1.34
Barnard's Star 13.25 M5 V
1.81
Wolf 359 16.68 M8
2.33
HD 95735 10.49 M2 V
2.49
Sirius A 1.41 A1 V
2.65
Sirius B 11.56 WD VII
2.65
UV Ceti A 15.27 M5
2.72
UV Ceti B 15.8 M6
2.72


The Star Neighbourhood

A 3D space view representation, in light years, of the closest stars to our solar system.



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