Australian and American scientists announced the future mission called TOLIMAN (Telescope for Orbit Locus Interferometric Monitoring of our Astronomical Neighborhood), which will search for Earth-like planets around the Alpha Centauri star system.

Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our planet, is located approximately 4.36 light-years from us and contains three stars: Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, both similar to the Sun, and a red dwarf Proxima Centauri, which can only be seen through a telescope.

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This discovery is yet to be confirmed by other scientists. They need more data to validate the interpretations of this observation, which will be difficult to do in the coming years since the exoplanet takes about 70 years to complete a revolution.

The telescope's task will be to search for small rocky planets in the habitable zone – an area around a star with conditions that make it possible for liquid water to exist on the planet and, therefore, sustain life.

The TOLIMAN mission will involve the University of Sydney, the Breakthrough Initiatives, Saber Astronautics, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The telescope will be launched into space in 2023.