ESO has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes by the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative.
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This ESOcast Light takes a quick look at the main facts and why this is an important step for the future.
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Visual Design and Editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Lars Lindberg Christensen and Oana Sandu.
Music: Paulo Raimundo.
Footage and photos: ESO, Breakthrough Initiatives, Gianluca Lombardi (glphoto.it), Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org), B. Tafreshi (twanight.org), S. Brunier and C. Malin (christophmalin.com).
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.