light-years away

idiom

: very far away in time
A cure for that disease is still probably light-years away.

Examples of light-years away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Beehive cluster is about 557 light-years away from Earth and is home to at least two planets. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 31 May 2023 Their calculations indicated that the burst happened nearly eight billion light-years away from Earth, when the universe was around six billion years old. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2023 The event, still being detected by telescopes, occurred nearly 8 billion light-years away from Earth when the universe was about 6 billion years old. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 May 2023 The sun-like star, known as ZTF SLRN-2020, lies about 15,000 light-years away in our own Milky Way galaxy in the constellation Aquila and is thought to have engulfed a hot-gas giant planet about the size of Jupiter. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 3 May 2023 The other is in the Abell 1758S galaxy cluster, about 3.2 billion light-years away. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 23 Feb. 2023 Astronomers may soon take advantage of such physics to see geographic details of worlds light-years away. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 The galaxy merger, known as Arp-Madore 417-391, is located 671 million light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Nov. 2022 But in June 2020 the astronomers caught something else in their net: a rapidly brightening object in a dwarf galaxy nearly 1 billion light-years away. Bydaniel Clery, science.org, 10 Nov. 2022

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“Light-years away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/light-years%20away. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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