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Proxima Centauri

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About this observation
Observer
Pete Lawrence
Time of observation
13/08/2013 - 05:00
Object
Proxima Centauri
Observing location
Paranal, Chile
Equipment
Modified Canon 40D DSLR fitted with 135mm ;ens at f/5.6 on an Astrotrac mount.
Exposure
60 secs
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In view of the current interest in the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting proxima centauri, and in view of the fact that this is the closest known star to us, I have selected Pete Lawrence's image of the starfield, which he captured on 2013-08-13 while on a visit to the VLT telescope complex at Paranal in Chile.  Pete notes that, If you set off in your car to drive to the star (and you could get traction in space!), it would take you 40.2 million years to reach it at a steady speed of 70 mph.  So, "in our neighbourhood" doesn't really mean that things are close by.

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