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Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

21 Apr 2017, 10:30 UTC
Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how NASA, ESA, H. Bond (STScI), and M. Barstow (University of Leicester)

Of all the stars in the sky, you might assume the closest to the sun would be the easiest to visit. But this may not be the case. René Heller at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany, says we could reach and orbit Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky, in just 69 years. This is despite the fact that it is twice as far away as our nearest stars in the Alpha Centauri system, which would take at least 90 years to reach.

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