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Alpha Centauri Bb Five Years Later – The Search for Exoplanets Continues

14 Oct 2017, 13:10 UTC
Alpha Centauri Bb Five Years Later – The Search for Exoplanets Continues ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin

The nearby α Centauri system is among the best known among astronomers and the general public alike. Frequently the setting of various science fiction stories over the decades, our neighbor has been the subject of keen scientific interest because of the Sun-like nature of the system’s largest members and their comparative proximity to us. Since it is also the nearest star system to our solar system, α Centauri is also a logical target for studies of future interstellar travel including, most recently, the Breakthrough Initiative which proposes to send an ultra-light, laser propelled spacecraft on a half century long mission.

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