A Spin Around the Neighborhood


This is an imaginary journey from Earth to the Alpha Centauri system. We see the familiar constellation figures including the Southern Cross (Crux) and the bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri as the trip begins. As we approach Alpha Centauri we pass a faint red star (Proxima Centauri) the closest star to Earth and the faintest component of the triple star system. The journey ends the bright double star Alpha Centauri A and B with the Sun visible in the background. Alpha Centauri B is known to be orbited by an Earth-mass planet, the closest exoplanet to the Solar System.

Video Credit: ESO