Alpha Centauri

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Related to Alpha Centauri A: Beta Centauri, Proxima Centauri, Alpha Centauri B
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Synonyms for Alpha Centauri

brightest star in Centaurus

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Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B are similar to our Sun, which is also a star.
But Alpha Centauri A is also very important to astronomers: almost a twin to the Sun in mass, temperature, chemical composition and age, it provides an ideal natural laboratory to compare other characteristics of the two stars.
So finding the planet's signature in the star's wobbles meant the team needed to carefully filter out other sources of stellar variability such as star spots, bulges on the star's surface and gravitational interactions with Alpha Centauri A.
I think if a potentially habitable planet is found orbiting Alpha Centauri A or B you might see a ground-swell of excitement and a look at new kinds of propulsion technologies, leading to a mission to send an unmanned probe there in the period of a lifetime.
While the newly discovered planet circles Alpha Centauri B, it's part of a system of three stars: Alpha Centauri A, B and the slightly more distant Proxima Centauri.
It is actually a triple star-a system consisting of two stars similar to the Sun orbiting close to each other, designated Alpha Centauri A and B, and a more distant and faint red component known as Proxima Centauri.
She found that Alpha Centauri A, the system featured in Avatar, would be an excellent target.