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The table below shows the stars which are nearest to our sun.

In addition to those in this table the star 'Wolf 424' (currently 14 light years from our sun) will move to be only 0.94 light years away in by the year 9570.

Name Distance in light years Apparent visual magnitude Absolute visual magnitude Relative brightness Sun=1
Proxima Centauri 4.24 11.10 15.53 0.000052
Alpha Centauri 4.35 A= 0.01
B= 1.33
A= 4.37
B= 5.71
A= 1.5
B= 0.44
Barnard’s Star 5.98 9.54 13.22 0.00043
Wolf 359 7.78 13.46 16.57 0.000020
Lalande 21185 8.26 7.48 10.46 0.0055
Sirius 8.55 A= 1.46
B= 8.44
A= 1.45
B= 11.35
A= 22
B= 0.0024
Luyten 726-8* 8.73 A= 12.54
B= 13.00
A= 15.40
B= 15.86
A= 0.000058
B= 0.000038
Ross 154 9.45 10.45 13.31 0.00040
Ross 248 10.32 12.27 14.77 0.00010
Epslion Eridani 10.70 3.73 6.15 0.29

*The name of the B star is UV Ceti.

A and B denote a double star.