Can we reach the nearest star? How far is it from earth?
The nearest star is the sun. It is about 150 million km's away or a light over 8 light minutes away(the distance light travels in one minute).
The nearest star other than the sun, however, is 4.2 light years away. It is called Proxima Centauri, and we cannot reach it. In order for the fastest objects ever made by man (space probes) to travel that distance we are looking at about 18,000 years to get there.