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They are looking for habitable planets nearby

James Cameron His 2009 hit movie, The symbol picture It takes place on one of the moons of the imaginary gas giant Pandora. Although the celestial bodies are fictional, their system, Alfa Centauri, does exist: it is the star system closest to Earth.

Recently it was approved to build a space telescope to search for potentially habitable planets on Alfa Centauri, IFLScience. Planets have already been identified in the C member of the system, the red dwarf, also known as Proxima Centauri, but no exoplanets have been found in the stars more similar to Alfa Centauri A and B.

Peter TuthillA colleague and colleague at the University of Sydney wants to create a space telescope that can only look for traces of exoplanets in nearby bright double systems. Toliman could begin in 2023, and Alpha Centauri A and B, 4.3 light-years away, could be ideal destinations for it.

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The name TOLIMAN refers to the Arabic name Alfa Centauri. The spacecraft will analyze the motion of the stars and will be able to infer from its data the gravitational effects of potential planets.

If humanity were capable of interstellar travel, Alfa Centauri would be a great destination.

As part of the Breakthrough Starshot project now being investigatedHow to send sensors to the system.

As far as we know today, life needs liquid water. Matter can only survive a certain distance around the surface of celestial bodies around stars, this is called the habitable zone. If Toliman finds an Earth-like planet in the A or B habitable zone of Alfa Centauri, it would also be an exciting discovery for astrobiologists.

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