Comparing the scale of small stars

Comparing the scale of small stars

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Credit: MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration comparing the size of three small stars. The yellow star in the background is the Sun, a yellow dwarf main sequence star with a diameter of 1.39 million km (865, 000 miles). The red star is Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf and of the closest star to the Sun. At 200, 000 km (125, 000) across it is only 1/7 the size of the Sun, not much larger than the planet Jupiter. Lastly, the small white star is Sirius B, a white dwarf. It is only 8 per cent of the size of the Sun, smaller even than the planet Earth.

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Keywords: comparison, horizontal, proxima centauri, scale, schematic, sirius, sirius b, size, space, star, stars, sun

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