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How a Small, Private Telescope Could Find the Next Earth

Artist’s rendition of an exoplanet orbiting Alpha Centauri B. Image: L. Calçada/Nick Risinger/European Southern Observatory When astronomers confirmed the discovery of an Earth-sized world orbiting Proxima Centauri just 4.25 light years away, hopes were ignited that there may be more planetary real estate in our cosmic neighborhood. To find out, a team of ex-NASA scientists is now seeking private funding to scour the Alpha Centauri system for habitable planets.
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