Alpha Centauri

The closest star system to the Sun, at a distance of more than four light-years, Alpha Centauri consists of three stars. Two of the stars -- one of which is similar to the Sun, while the other is a little smaller and cooler -- form a tight pairing. The third, known as Proxima Centauri, is about one-tenth of a light-year from the other two, and is a red dwarf star. It is closer to Earth than the other two stars, but it is so faint that it is not visible to the unaided eye.


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Artist's depiction of planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B
Close Neighbor Sunday, April 21, 2013

Radio Programs

Alpha Centauri Planet A nearby planetary neighbor Sunday, April 21, 2013
The Llama The sparkling eyes of the llama Saturday, May 26, 2012


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