Taking a Closer Look at Alpha Centauri's Exoplanets

A low-cost mission could soon be launched to directly observe the exoplanetary system in orbit around Alpha Centauri, one of the solar system's nearest stellar neighbors.

Published On 11/27/2015
5:57 PM EST
Artist's impression of 51 Pegasi b, an early exoplanet find in 1995. | ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (
This 2014 scatterplot gives a sense of how many planet candidates Kepler discovered alone. | NASA