# What is the average size of a star?

This star has about 12% the mass of the Sun, and about 14% the size of the Sun – about 200,000 km across, which is only a little larger than Jupiter. Our own Sun is an example of an average star. It has a diameter of 1.4 million kilometers… today.

So, how do you determine the size of a star?

During the eclipse the total brightness measured for the binary will decrease. The amount of the dip in brightness depends on the luminosity and relative size of the two stars. The distance travelled during the eclipse is equal to the diameter of the star = 2 × radius.

How big is a star compared to the Earth?

The video “Star Size Comparison” (duration: 2:34) nicely visualizes how tiny Earth (diameter 12756 km) is compared to the Sun (diameter 1,392,000 km, 109.1 times Earth’s). And how tiny the Sun is compared to other stars. Factoid from the video: VY Canis Majoris (a red hypergiant) is the largest known star.

## How big is the biggest star?

Consider WOH G64, a red supergiant star located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, approximately 168,000 light years from Earth. At 1.540 solar radii in diameter, this star is currently one of the largest in the known universe.

## How big is the smallest star?

This red dwarf the smallest star to ever have its radius accurately measured; 0.12 solar radii. This works out to be 167,000 km. That’s only 20% larger than Jupiter. You might be surprised to know that OGLE-TR-122b has 100 times the mass of Jupiter, but it’s only a little larger.

## How big is the North Star?

News story originally written on June 14, 2000. Scientists using a new telescope found the size of the North Star, also known as Polaris. It turns out that Polaris is 46 times larger than the Sun. It is no surprise to scientists, because Polaris is a cepheid star.

## How many suns are there?

For many years scientists have studied our own solar system. But until the last few years, we knew of no other solar systems. This may seem surprising, as the Sun is one of about 200 billion stars (or perhaps more) just in the Milky Way galaxy alone.

## Which star is bigger than the Earth?

In fact, most stars are bigger than the Earth. The diagram below compares the size of our sun with the sizes of the other planets in our solar system. The sun is much bigger than the Earth, and it isn’t even a particularly large star.

## How old are the stars?

Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.8 billion years old—the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HD 140283, nicknamed Methuselah star, is an estimated 14.46 ± 0.8 billion years old.

## Are the stars bigger than the sun?

The size of our sun. It turns out that our sun is an average sized star. There are bigger stars, and there are smaller stars. We have found stars that are 100 times bigger in diameter than our sun.

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## Is the sun a planet or a star?

The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. It contains more than 99.8% of the total mass of the Solar System (Jupiter contains most of the rest). It is often said that the Sun is an “ordinary” star.

## How hot are the stars?

The color depends on how hot the star is. A red star is the coolest, but still is about 5,000° Fahrenheit! Our sun is yellowish-white and the surface is about 10,000° Fahrenheit. The hottest stars are blue, and can be as hot as 200,000,000° Fahrenheit at their core!

## Is the sun a medium sized star?

Or you could line up over 100 Earths across its middle. However, compared to other stars, our Sun is only a medium-sized star, meaning that some stars are much larger than the Sun and some are much smaller. The Sun looks bigger than other stars because it is so much closer to the Earth.

## How big is the sun right now?

The mean radius of the sun is 432,450 miles (696,000 kilometers), which makes its diameter about 864,938 miles (1.392 million km). You could line up 109 Earths across the face of the sun. The sun’s circumference is about 2,713,406 miles (4,366,813 km).

## How do we classify stars?

The Sun is a as a G2V type star, a yellow dwarf and a main sequence star. Stars are classified by their spectra (the elements that they absorb) and their temperature. There are seven main types of stars. In order of decreasing temperature, O, B, A, F, G, K, and M.

## What is the color of the stars?

The color of a star depends on its surface temperature. Our Sun’s surface temperature is about 6,000 Kelvin. Although it looks yellow from here on Earth, the light of the Sun would actually look very white from space. This white light coming off of the Sun is because its temperature is 6,000 Kelvin.

## Is the sun is the biggest star?

Answer: The largest known star (in terms of mass and brightness) is called the Pistol Star. It is believed to be 100 times as massive as our Sun, and 10,000,000 times as bright! In 1990, a star named the Pistol Star was known to lie at the center of the Pistol Nebula in the Milky Way Galaxy.

## How many Earths could fit inside the sun?

The answer is that it would take 1.3 million Earths to fill up the Sun. That’s a lot of Earths. The Sun makes up 99.86% of the mass of the Solar System. And it’s the giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn which make the most of that remaining .14% of the Solar System.

## How much bigger is the sun to the earth?

The Sun is 864,400 miles (1,391,000 kilometers) across. This is about 109 times the diameter of Earth. The Sun weighs about 333,000 times as much as Earth. It is so large that about 1,300,000 planet Earths can fit inside of it.

## What is the moon Is it a star?

Well, not really, as a planet is an object that orbits a star, and the Moon orbits the Earth (and yes, wannabe pedants, it really does orbit the Earth and not the Sun). A satellite is a generic term for an object that orbits another object.

## What is the fuel for main sequence stars?

Main sequence stars are characterised by the source of their energy. They are all undergoing fusion of hydrogen into helium within their cores. The rate at which they do this and the amount of fuel available depends upon the mass of the star.

## How big is the solar system?

The end of the solar system is about 122 astronomical units (AU) away from the sun, where one AU is 93 million miles (150 million kilometers). That’s about three times as far out as Pluto, which is about 40 AU from the sun, or about six times farther away from Earth than Neptune’s orbit.

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