Beacon Transcript – Scientists are wondering whether Alpha Centaury could offer humanity its new home after studies have shown that Proxima b could possibly sport Earth-like features.
Researchers announced this Tuesday that a new project entitled “Project Blue” will set out to explore the region. The project’s mission will be to try to obtain images of the Alpha Centauri system in visible-light so as to analyze the area and look for Earthlike space objects.
The researcher will mark a collaboration between the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and the BoldlyGo Institute and Mission Centaur space nonprofits.
As scientists and researchers are trying to find humanity a new home, Earth 2.0, a new, closer type of search will have to be undertaken.
The best starting place for this research seems to be our closest neighboring star system, the Alpha Centauri. The system’s titular star, which bears the same name, and the Proxima Centauri, its dwarf planet companion will be our satellites’ first stop.
The space area was chosen after scientists noticed, back in August, a possible candidate in the form of Proxima b. Located in Proxima Centauri’s habitable area, the celestial body was discovered after researchers set to find out the cause of the formerly mentioned object’s wobbling behavior, which then revealed the existence of the tugging star.
Project Blue will focus on detecting such tugging planets, or more exactly, it will search other exoplanets. The project intended telescope would have to be able to capture the green and blue wavelengths that would prove the existence of habitable planets in the Alpha Centauri.
After the specific green and blue wavelengths would be proven, other researchers would step in and determine the respective star’s properties. Other colors and infrared would be used so as to measure the object’s temperature, humidity and so on.
The project members are hoping to send the Project Blue telescope, which will not be larger than a refrigerator into orbit sometimes before 2019. The satellite could provide researchers everywhere with clearer, more useful images of the distant star system.
But as scientists hope that one day a planet like Proxima B may just prove to be a hospitable new home, a blurry snapshot of the general area seems to provide enough hope.
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