A journey to Alpha Centauri

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This video shows an imaginary journey from Earth to the Alpha Centauri system. As we leave the Solar System we see the familiar constellation figures including the Southern Cross (Crux) and the bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri. As we approach Alpha Centauri we pass a faint red star, this is Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth and the faintest component of a triple star system. The final part shows the bright double star Alpha Centauri A and B with the Sun visible in the background. Alpha Centauri B is known to be orbited by an Earth-mass planet, the closest exoplanet to the Solar System. 

Credit:

ESO./L. Calçada/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org). 

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Id:eso1241a
Release date:16 October 2012, 23:50
Related releases:eso1241
Duration:01m 10s

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Name:Alpha Centauri
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
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