How far away are we from the stars we see at night and do they have their own solar system?

How many light years away are we from the stars we see at night (if they shine more does it mean they are closer?) and do they have their own solar system? does it also mean they are in the milky way like us?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    4.3 light years for the closest one, up to 4000 of light years for distant, yet very bright stars.

    Of course, there are a bunch of stars in galaxies that can be seen with the naked eye, like Andromeda, which is 2.5 million light years away.

    And if you use a powerful telescope, you can go a lot further.

    Several stars will have planets orbiting them. All the stars you can see on an individual basis with the unaided eye are in our own galaxy.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The stars we see are anywhere from just over 4 light years (for Proxima Centauri, the closest star) to thousands of light years.

    Scientists have found over 450 planets orbiting other stars.

    Brightness of a star depends on how close it is, but also how big and bright it is (stars are not all the same in terms of size and brightness).

    With the unaided eye, all the stars we see are in our galaxy.

    Other galaxies can be seen with the unaided eye (Andromeda, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, etc.) but we can't see the individual stars of those galaxies.

  • Kyle
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    most stars you can see are within the Galaxy and must have a magnitude of +8 or less (though you may have light pollution which makes star gazing difficult). Some Stars have a lot of Planets, some have none. some stars have companions, and these companions can be Brown Dwarf Stars, Red Dwarf stars, sun like stars, Blue Giant Stars, or even a Neutron star or Black Hole. if they shine more they could be closer or could be a star at the same distance as a less bright star from your perspective but much brighter.

  • 1 decade ago

    Recent observations show that many Stars have planets

    (rocks or gas giants) orbiting around many sun as we know them ...

    there are so many stars and (most ) have planets..

    Somewhere someplace there has to be planets in the (Goldilocks zone)

    there has to be other life Forms in the cosmic picture..

    the stars we se are so few - using a camra with a long exposure there are so many more stars than we can see with the naked eye...

    in the words of Carl Sagan "billions and billions" but the truth is trillions of trillions upon trillions squared or cubed would still be an understatement....

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well, they can range from about 4.4 light years away to thousands of light years away. Yes, they do have their own solar system. If they do not they have their own star system.

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