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In the wake of the discovery of the Alpha Centauri system by NASA and the ESA astronomers who worked it out, we’re still a long way off from the actual system being confirmed. In fact, the team who worked out the code to decode the Alpha Centauri system took about 19 months to complete. After that, about 60 percent of the code was already available on GitHub. You can find more details on the code in our post about how to read the Alpha Centauri codebase today.
The announcement had been largely expected prior to the fact that the Alpha Centauri system was discovered years ago. The Alpha Centauri system has only been discovered one time in the past, a year by the German team who worked out the code for the planet’s discovery.. When they finally found the data they were very excited about and in one instance even cried over a massive black hole or something like that.
But even as the team quickly announced the discovery they were really excited about the data, an interesting, non-nasty secret came in from a distant source. While it was in the beginning of 2013, the team on the Alpha Centauri project had an event that involved trying to extract information from all the new sources that had come back from this solar system. The fact that this one came directly from the Alpha Centauri system means it was definitely an attempt to collect information for the first time. However, while there didn’t seem to be a lot of data on the system, that’s almost certainly where we will find the data to find the binary that contains more information on this mysterious rocky world.
A significant portion of the data available so far on the Alpha Centauri device in the Astrophysics project will be made available by the astronomers on the Alpha Centauri project in 2018. That will make it possible to see what data there is on a more advanced telescope so the researchers can start working on better analysis of the data.
All this doesn’t mean we are done just yet, there are many more things the team will explore as we learn more about the Alpha Centauri system. We won’t be coming back until we’ve made our initial finding. But still, these are the kinds of discoveries we want to make and hope to keep going, and if you are a fan of the comic series we do have some news for you in 2014. Remember, this is just part of the “What we learned this week” campaign. You can help give a positive impact on the ongoing publication of the show by reaching out to us on Twitter.