An artist’s rendering of Proxima Centauri planetary system. The newly discovered exoplanet Proxima c is on the right.
We may be able to send microchips to investigate Alpha Centauri c up close.
What could a ‘relativistic camera’ capture on the way to Alpha Centauri?
An astronomer suggests an idea to piggyback on the ambitious Breakthrough Starshot project that aims to send nano spacecraft to Alpha Centauri at a major fraction of the speed of light.
Are we soon to visit Alpha Centauri (left)?
Building a tiny starship may be doable. The big challenge will be making sure it survives all the hazards in interstellar space.
Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to our own sun and appears to be home to at least one planet.
EPA/Davide De Martin/ESO
Earlier this week, a Swiss-based team searching for planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) published a paper in Nature announcing the detection of an Earth-mass planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri…