March 29, 2015

The bright star Alpha Centauri and its surroundings

Pictures of Stars - Alpha Centauri Proxima Centauri System - nearest star to Earth Sun - closest star to Earth Sun

This wide-field view of the sky around the bright star Alpha Centauri was created from photographic images forming part of the Digitized Sky Survey 2. The star appears so big just because of the scattering of light by the telescope's optics as well as in the photographic emulsion. Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the Solar System.

Image Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2
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  1. Since many decade, i dream to know more about these magic star, specially Centauri family. I don;t know why? Can I imagine of people may be alive ?

  2. All now know,that centaui-Proxima is closest stars to the earth. 4.45 light- years are not so much to reach. Do you think like me ?

  3. 4 decades gone, I was so enamoured by Star Wars, I would dream about ZOOMING around,to & passed Alpha Centauri, mores the pity that it will never come to pass in the next 100 generations, none the less, with progress, comes innovation & the broadening of our Scientific knowledge!!! Here's looking to the future & the possibilities it could hold, for the realisation of dreams held now for intergalactic exploration!