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Of the Two Stars in Alpha Centauri, One is Probably More Habitable than the Other

November 23, 2019

In the past, the number of known exoplanets has exploded, with 4093 confirmed detections so far (and another…
Exoplanet Axis Study Boosts Hopes of Complex Life, Just Not Next Door

November 21, 2019

“They’re out there,” goes a saying about extraterrestrials. It would seem more likely to be true in light…
New Instrument is Searching for Planets Around Alpha Centauri

June 12, 2019

Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to us, at 4.37 light-years (about 25 trillion miles) away. In…
Exactly How We Would Send our First Laser-Powered Probe to Alpha Centauri

December 14, 2018

The dream of traveling to another star system, and maybe even finding populated worlds there, is one that…
Cold Super-Earth found orbiting second-closest star system to our own

November 15, 2018

An international team including five Carnegie astronomers has discovered a frozen Super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s star, the closest single…
Chandra Observatory Checks to Make Sure Alpha Centauri is Safe, You Know, in Case We Decide to Visit

June 8, 2018

At distance of just 4.367 light years, the triple star system of Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri A+B and…
Astronomers Figure Out a New Way to Search for Planets at Alpha Centauri

December 23, 2017

At a distance of 4.37 light-years from Earth, Alpha Centauri is the nearest star system to our own.…
A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri system

December 19, 2017

Yale astronomers have taken a fresh look at the nearby Alpha Centauri star system and found new ways…
How TRAPPIST-1 and Breakthrough Starshot Inspire Space Exploration

March 25, 2017

If you’ve been following the latest news in science, you’ll know that humanity’s closer than it ever has…
VLT to Search for Planets in Alpha Centauri System

January 12, 2017

ESO Signs Agreement with Breakthrough Initiatives ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the…
Hubble’s Best Image of Alpha Centauri A and B

September 3, 2016

The closest star system to the Earth is the famous Alpha Centauri group. Located in the constellation of…
High Potential for Life Circling Alpha Centauri B, our Nearest Neighbor

February 6, 2014

While exoplanets make the news on an almost daily basis, one of the biggest announcements occurred in 2012 when astronomers…
Looking for life in all the wrong places

February 4, 2014

Scientists have long focused their search for extraterrestrial life on Earth-like planets – but that may be a…
First planet found in star system next door

October 17, 2012

How big is the planet? Well, for example our Earth weighs approximately 5.9736 ×10 21 tons. One could say…
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