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NASA's probe snaps FIRST-EVER jaw-dropping views of the Nearest Sun-like star

Earth-sized planet with a molten surface discovered orbiting Alpha ...

NASA’s New Horizons probe wowed the world in 2015 with unprecedented pictures of Pluto, and, more recently, with the first close-up images of an object in the Kuiper belt of asteroids. Now the mission has achieved yet another first: measuring the distances of two stars from the outer reaches of the Solar System.

It's fair to say that New Horizons is looking at an alien sky, unlike what we see from Earth,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, in a statement released 11 June.

 Composite images each show a star (Proxima Centauri on the R; Wolf 359 on the L) as seen from Earth and New Horizons probe.

These composite images each show a star (Wolf 359 on the left; Proxima Centauri on the right) as seen from two points of view, one on Earth and the other on the New Horizons probe. The stars appear to move with respect to much more distant stars in the background.Credit: JHUAPL/MSFC/NASA

Most space telescopes, from the venerable Hubble Space Telescope to the brand new European planet hunter CHEOPS, stay in the vicinity of Earth: being outside the atmosphere is enough to provide a great view, and there is usually no reason to venture farther. But there are sometimes advantages to making observations from deep space.

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