Story: Night sky

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri is the star system closest to the sun. Although it is made up of three stars, it appears as a single source of bright light when viewed through a telescope.

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John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Night sky - Southern stars', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7916/alpha-centauri (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by John Field and Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006