The Sun is one of many stars in our galaxy. Other stars in the sky are much further away from us than the Sun. Their long distance away from us is the reason they look like tiny points of light in the night sky.
We measure the distance of stars from Earth in light years. A light year is the distance that light travels in one year. Since light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles/second (300,000 kilometers/second), a star that is one light year away is actually 5.8 trillion miles (9.5 trillion kilometers) from us! The Sun is only 8 light minutes away. The closest star to us other than the Sun is Alpha Centauri, and it is 4 light years away. The most distant stars we can still see without a telescope are about 1000 light years away!
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