Our nearest stellar neighbours

The essentials

Want to know about your nearest stars? Not those from Hollywood, but the ones within 12 light years of the Sun and the likely places we will find extraterrestrial life. Of course, we can expect so much more will be discovered once we venture out to the stars. Until then, we already have a remarkably good insight about the type of stars lying nearby, and where we will find alien life.

Please note that mass and luminosity data of stars are relative to the Sun; stellar distances are in light years; and one astronomical unit is the average distance from the Earth to the Sun. The information presented in this section was gathered from various astronomical books and journals and should provide a fairly accurate look at our nearest stellar neighbours.

For a brief description of the stars within a certain range from our Sun, please click on one of the distances of interest below.

Contents

  1. RELATIVE POSITIONS OF STARS (Image Size: 98k)
    Where are they located?
  2. ZERO TO 4.3 LIGHT YEARS
    4 stars
  3. 4.3 TO 8.2 LIGHT YEARS
    3 stars
  4. 8.2 TO 9.5 LIGHT YEARS
    5 stars
  5. 9.5 TO 11 LIGHT YEARS
    4 stars
  6. 11 TO 11.5 LIGHT YEARS
    7 stars
  7. 11.5 TO 12.5 LIGHT YEARS
    7 stars
  8. SUMMARY
    Could ETs be lurking nearby?
  9. Bibliography