Project Blue kicks off quest to seek alien Earths

Project Blue telescope

An artist’s concept shows Project Blue’s telescope monitoring Alpha Centauri. (Credit: Project Blue)

How much would you pay to find out whether Alpha Centauri’s twin suns possess blue planets like Earth?

Project Blue is hoping it’s at least $10, and maybe thousands of dollars. That’s the point behind the project’s Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise at least $1 million for a space telescope specifically designed to look closely at the Alpha Centauri system.

The runt of the Alpha Centauri family, a red dwarf known as Proxima Centauri, already has made its mark as the closest star with a potentially habitable planet. But Jon Morse, a former NASA executive who now leads the Project Blue team, argues that his project could cause even more of a splash.

“If we find something, there’s going to be huge interest in doing more with those planets in the future,” he told GeekWire.

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About Alan Boyle

Award-winning science writer, creator of Cosmic Log, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.
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