Planet Found in Nearest Star System to Earth: HARPS Instrument Finds Earth-Mass Exoplanet Orbiting Alpha Centauri B
ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.
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Planet Found in Nearest Star System to Earth: HARPS Instrument Finds Earth-Mass Exoplanet Orbiting Alpha Centauri B

ScienceDaily (Oct. 16, 2012) — European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

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