The sky around Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri (annotated)

This image of the sky around the bright star Alpha Centauri AB also shows the much fainter red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The picture was created from pictures forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The blue halo around Alpha Centauri AB is an artifact of the photographic process, the star is really pale yellow in colour like the Sun.

Credit:

Digitized Sky Survey 2
Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin/Mahdi Zamani

About the Image

Id:eso1629f
Type:Collage
Release date:24 August 2016, 19:00
Related releases:eso1735, eso1629
Size:11086 x 11256 px

About the Object

Name:Proxima b, Proxima Centauri
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets

Image Formats

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