If aliens are coming to earth as theorists believe and our ancient texts and histories tell us.
Where might they be coming from? We look at our 10 neighbouring celestial stars
There is much to suggest we may have been visited by extra-terrestrials in the past and many who claim we are still being visited today. If alien beings are really making trips from across the vastness of space to visit our pale blue dot, the third planet in the Sol system, where might it be they are coming from? We take a look at our solar celestial neighbours in wonder.
A light-year is the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year – in a single second light travels 186,282 miles. Which means light travels 5,878,625,373,183.608 miles in a year.
1 Proxima Centauri
The closest star to our own solar system will not always be closest, but it will be a long time before that happens. Proxima Centauri is the third star in the Alpha Centauri star system, also known as Alpha Centauri C.
Distance: 4.2 Light years
2. Rigil Kentaurus
The second closest star is well, a tie between the sister stars of Proxima Centauri. Alpha Centauri A and B make up the other two stars of the triple star system Alpha Centauri.
Distance: 4.3 Light years
3. Barnard’s Star
A faint red dwarf star, discovered in 1916 by E. E. Barnard, recent efforts to discover planets around Barnard’s Star have failed. Distance: 5.9 LY
Distance: 5.9 Light years
4. Wolf 359
Known to many as the location of the famous battle on Star Trek the Next generation, Wolf 359 is a red dwarf. It is so small that if it were to replace our sun, an observer on Earth would need a telescope to see it clearly.
Distance: 7.7 Light years
5. Lalande 21185
While it is the fifth closest star to our own sun, Lalande 21185 is too faint to be seen with the naked eye.
Distance: 8.26 Light years
6. Luyten 726-8A and B
Discovered by Willem Jacob Luyten (1899-1994), both Luyten 726-8A 726-8B are red dwarfs and too faint to be seen with the naked eye, when looking to the sky.
Distance: 8.73 Light years
7. Sirius A and B
Sirius, also known as the Dog Star and the guiding star, is the brightest star in the sky. Sirius B, the companion, has received considerable attention itself, since it is the first white dwarf with a spectrum to show a gravitational red shift as predicted by the general theory of relativity. And in recent months it has been discovered to have a third in the star system-Sirius C.
Distance: 8.6 Light years
Sirius A and B
Dogon tool, a ancient Orrery
8. Ross 154
Ross 154 appears to be a flare star, which means that it can increase its brightness by a factor of 10 or more before reverting to its normal state.
Distance: 9.693 Light years
9. Ross 248
While it is now the ninth closest star to our solar system, around the year 38000AD, the red dwarf Ross 248 will take the place of Proxima Centauri as the closest star to us.
Distance: 10.32 Light years
10. Epsilon Eridani
Eridani is our tenth nearest star, and the closest star known to have a planet, Epsilon Eridani B. It is the third closest star that is viewable without a telescope.
Distance 10.5 Light years