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Sun and Other Stars

Teacher: N. Sterling
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A huge telescope in space launched in 2009 that is searching for planets outside our solar system. It looks for planets that are around the same size as Earth in the "habitable zone" of a star.
An exploding ball of burning gas held together by gravity.
How far light can travel in 1 year. Light travels at 186,000 miles each second.
An area around a star that is approximately the right distance to support liquid water on the surface of a planet.
A burst of high energy radiation made by the sun that can travel to Earth and interfere with cell phone reception and satellite communications.
The brightest star in the night sky. It is also 500,000 times further from us than the sun.
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A device used to show what stars are visible at any given time of year.
It is a reddish star about 1000 times bigger than the sun and more than 600 light years away. It is also the ninth-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion.
A blue-white star in the constellation Orion. It is also one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It's 40,000 times brighter than our sun but it is also 864 light years away.
A reddish star that is 700 times larger than our sun. It is one of the largest known stars and is about 600 light years away from us. It is the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius.