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Proxima Centauri  - the nearest star to the sun

Proxima Centauri - the nearest star to the sun

Proxima Centauri (Latin proxima, meaning "next to" or "nearest to") is a red dwarf star about 4.24 light-years distant inside the G-cloud in the constellation of Centaurus.
It was discovered in 1915 by Robert Innes, the Director of the Union Observatory in South Africa, and is the nearest known star to the Sun.
Although it is too faint to be seen with the naked eye. Its distance to the second- and third-nearest stars, which form the bright binary Alpha Centauri, is 0.237 0.011 ly .
Proxima Centauri may be part of a triple star system with Alpha Centauri A and B (WIKI)
Distance 4.243 0.002 ly
Magnitude 15.49

Imaged with the 16" f3.75 Dream Astrograph.
Apogee Alta U-16M camera.

RGB image:
RGB - 3 minutes per channel (Bin 1)
Total of 9 minutes

Imaged from Tivoli farm in Namibia June 2012.

Apogee USB/Net
full exif

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