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The Very Large Tele­scope to search for hab­it­able plan­ets in Al­pha Cen­tauri ARE WE ALONE?

The Euro­pean South­ern Ob­ser­va­tory (ESO) has teamed up with Break­through Starshot to de­ploy thou­sands of tiny space­craft to travel to the Al­pha Cen­tauri sys­tem to send back images of po­ten­tially hab­it­able plan­ets. But be­fore that, the Very Large Tele­scope — cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in Chile — will be mod­i­fied to al­low it to search for these plan­ets. The mod­i­fi­ca­tions will re­duce stel­lar light that drowns out dim plan­ets. In­ter­est in ex­plor­ing the Al­pha Cen­tauri sys­tem in­creased af­ter astronomers an­nounced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet cir­cling Prox­ima Cen­tauri.

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