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whats the difference between a planet and a star

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cairina.moschata answers:

Definitions of 'star' - 12 definitions - WordNet

star (n.) (astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
star (n.) someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
star (n.) any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night

Definitions of 'planet' - 2 definitions - WordNet

planet (n.) any of the celestial bodies (other than comets or satellites) that revolve around the sun in the solar system
planet (n.) a person who follows or serves another


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Eeieei answers:

The basic difference between a star and a planet is that a star emits light produced in its interior by nuclear 'burning', whereas a planet only shines by reflected light.

http://www.nmm.ac.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.299


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earnshaw2002 answers:

This site might help as well:

http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=548


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cimex answers:

To put it simply what we call "the sun" is in reality a star and that star has its various planets like Earth, Mars, Venus, Saturn etc.. Likewise the numerous stars you see in the heavens are suns, just like our sun, and they have their own planets too just like our sun does.


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Aiming4777 answers:

The Planet is a fictional newspaper in the Superman stories ... The Star is a real newspaper :oD


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