ESO “First Light” –Imaging a Large Habitable Planet Orbiting Alpha Centauri



“NEAR is the first and currently only project that could directly image a habitable exoplanet. It marks an important milestone. Fingers crossed — we are hoping a large habitable planet is orbiting Alpha Cen A or B” commented Olivier Guyon, lead scientist for Breakthrough Watch, about the newly-built planet-finding instrument installed on the Very Large Telescope, Chile, as it begins a 100-hour observation of nearby stars Alpha Centauri A and B.