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Difference between Star and Planet: With Table and Examples

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Dashamlav | 13 August 2020 (अंतिम बदलाव: 13 August 2020)

Stars and planets are among the major celestial bodies. Our closest star is the Sun and we have eight planets circling around it. But what differentiate Sun from its planets? In general what are the difference between a star and a planet? Here is the major differences in the form of a table.

Differences between Star and Planet
Base of Comparison Star Planet
Examples The Sun, Proxima Centauri Our planet Earth, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn etc.
Light Star emanate light of their own. For example we get sunlight from Sun. Planets do not emanate light. They may reflect light from coming from a star.
Temperature Stars have very high temperature. For example, surface temperature of Sun is about 5600 °C Planets have relatively much lower temperature. The hottest planet in our solar system if Venus but its temperature goes only as high as 462 °C.
Twinkling Stars appear to twinkle in the night sky Planets do not twinkle. They appear as steady bright spots.
Position The position of stars changes in sky but the change is very small due to long distance between us and the stars. Position of planets  change in our night sky.
Composition Stars mostly comprise of Hydrogen and Helium which they burn and emanate heat and light. Planets are made of solid as well as gaseous and liquid elements.
Size Stars are much bigger than planets. Planets are relatively much smaller celestial bodies.
Movement Stars revolve around the center of their galaxy. Planets orbit around their star.
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