When Alan Webster's parents tell him that they have to move, the 17-year-old student is understandably upset - but not nearly as much as when he learns their destination is the planet Alturus, 85 billion miles away.
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At a point Mara tells Alan that Alturus is 85 billion miles away from planet Earth. 85 billion miles are equivalent to 14.4 light years. See more
The Alturus star system is described as 85 billion miles from Earth. That wouldn't even get you to the Oort Cloud. It's still part of our solar system. The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is about 25 trillion miles away. These distances were known in 1985. See more