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24 August 2016

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us — and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. A paper describing this milestone finding will be published in the journal Nature on 25 August 2016.

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ESOcast 87: Pale Red Dot Results

24 August 2016: This is the ESOcast that no viewer will want to miss.  We discuss the result of the quest to find a planet around the closest star to the Solar System ...

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Media Advisory: Press Conference at ESO HQ to Make Important Announcement

24 August 2016: On 24 August 2016 at 13:00 CEST, ESO will host a press conference at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany. ESO’s Director General, Tim de Zeeuw, will ...

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Agreement Signed to Build 4MOST — Next-generation spectrograph will enhance VISTA’s capabilities

23 August 2016: ESO has signed an agreement with a consortium led by the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) [1] to build 4MOST, a unique, next-generation spectroscopic instrument which will be mounted on ...

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Record Amount of Time Requested in Cycle 4 Proposals for ALMA

23 August 2016: A record amount of observing time was requested by the international astronomy community under the call for proposals as part of Cycle 4 at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array ...

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