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light year

the distance light travels in one year, i.e. 5.9 x1012 miles.
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Vega, the "star" of the movie "Contact" (based on Carl Sagan's book of the same name) is 26.5 light years distant, putting it 240 feet away from our BB-sized solar system.
In 1991, the waves reached Zeta Herculis, a multiple star at the southwest corner of the 'keystone' of Hercules 35 light years away.
One is orbiting a star 153 light years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus.
Gazing through a traditional optical telescope, you'd see a galaxy 50 billion light years away from Earth as a fuzzy oval of light.
US experts were stunned when their latest multi-million-pound cameras unearthed "Scotland" - 7000 light years away in deep space.