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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.