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Astronomer working in the control room of theÂ European Southern Observatory's (ESO) 3.6-metre telescope at La Silla Observatory, Chile. The array of computer monitors display information about the telescope systems and allow astronomers to manage the observing session and to gauge the quality of the data they are collecting. This telescope, along with the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and the Burst Optical Observer and Transient Exploring System (BOOTES), was used by the Pale Red Dot project to confirm the presence of the exoplanet Proxima b on the 24th August 2016. The planet orbits the closest star to the Sun, Proxima Centauri. It is within the star's habitable zone, where the temperature may be suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.
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