Centaurus over La Silla timelapse

The constellation of Centaurus dances above the ESO 3.6-metre telescope against the plane of the Milky Way in this spectacular timelapse video from the La Silla Observatory.

Centaurus is home to the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, our closest stellar neighbour and the target of a new scientific and outreach project known as the Pale Red Dot campaign.

Pale Red Dot is an international search for an Earth-like exoplanet around the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri. It will use HARPS, attached to ESO’s 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla Observatory, as well as the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and the Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System (BOOTES).

The public will see how teams of astronomers with different specialities work together to collect, analyse and interpret data, which may or may not be able to confirm the presence of an Earth-like planet orbiting our nearest neighbour . The outreach campaign consists of blog posts and social media updates on the Pale Red Dot Twitter account and using the hashtag #PaleRedDot. For more information visit the Pale Red Dot website:http://www.palereddot.org

Credit:

Alexandre Santerne (Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Universidade do Porto) / Planetário do Porto - Centro Ciência Viva/ESO.

About the Video

Id:santerne_2016-01-11
Release date:15 January 2016, 16:39
Duration:07 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:ESO 3.6-metre telescope
Type:Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Constellation
Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
Category:La Silla

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