How far is that star?

Make a model to show how far away the closest star is.

Light-years measure the distance between objects in space. Things in space are so far apart, one light-year is equal to about 6 trillion miles!

Proxima Centauri is the closest star to Earth (besides the Sun). Even though it’s the closest, Proxima Centauri is still about 4 light-years away.

Find something you have a lot of that you can use to represent trillions of miles.  It could be Lego bricks, rocks, toothpicks or anything else small. Let one piece represent one trillion miles. If one light-year equals about 6 trillion miles, how many pieces do you need to represent one light-year? How many pieces do you need to represent the distance to Proxima Centauri? Line up your objects to show the distance between Proxima Centauri and Earth. Take a picture of your model and share it with us in the comments!

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