ESOcast 91 Light: VLT to search for planets around Alpha Centauri (4K UHD)

ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

This ESOcast Light takes a quick look at the main facts and why this is an important step for the future.



Visual Design and Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Thomas Barratt, Lauren Fuge, Oana Sandu & Richard Hook.
Music: Paulo Raimundo.
Footage and photos: ESO, Breakthrough Initiatives, Gianluca Lombardi (, Nick Risinger (, B. Tafreshi (, S. Brunier and C. Malin (
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Release date:9 January 2017, 17:00
Related releases:eso1702
Duration:01 m 36 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

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

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