A fly-through of the Alpha Centauri system

This video shows a fly-through of the bright double star Alpha Centauri A and B. In the final sequence we close in on Alpha Centauri B and a newly discovered planet swims into view. This Earth-mass planet is the closest exoplanet known and the lightest ever found around a star like the Sun. 

Credit:

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

About the Video

Id:eso1241b
Release date:16 October 2012, 23:50
Related releases:eso1241
Duration:01m 05s

About the Object

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

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