Alpha Centauri


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Just yesterday it was announced that a planet has been discovered around the closest star system to Earth, Alpha Centauri. Alpha Centauri is a triple-star system that lies approximately 4.3 light-years away. It consists of a binary system, Alpha Centauri A and B which are similar in composition to our own sun. And orbiting this binary is a red dwarf called Proxima Centauri.

The discovered planet is orbiting Alpha Centauri B and has a mass very similar to the Earth. There’s just one problem – it has an orbital period of only 3.24 days! That means it is extremely close its parent star making it nothing but a super-cooked husk but it still leaves possibility for other planets to be in the system. You can read more about the discovery here.

The image I made shows this new planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B along with Alpha Centauri A and Proxima Centauri in the background. Thanks to the Bad Astronomer for letting me know that Proxima Centauri is in reality a lot dimmer than shown in the image and if you were standing on this planet it would barely be visible to the naked eye.

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One Small Step


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This image depicts an alien civilization’s first step to becoming a space-faring species. The largest rocky body in their planet’s ring system holds the wreckage of an ancient alien ship that they have looked upon for decades with their telescopes and now with their first¬† space flight they are finally about to explore it.

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Additional credit: Ramship model by VK08, Harridan model by Ignus Fast

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