A trip to Proxima Centauri @proximaspace
Project Proxima is a hypothetical voyage to Proxima Centauri - the closest star to our solar system. The Proxima spacecraft can travel at the speed of light and will set off on its four-year journey on the first of May 2015
To create a teaching tool that helps explain the vastness of interstellar space.
How it works
You can track Proxima in real time. If you Follow Proxima on Twitter you will get updates of its current position and distance from Proxima Centauri. You can join the mailing list for news, or follow the blog.
The Voyage to Proxima Centauri
Proxima will travel at the speed of light from Earth to Proxima Centauri taking it on a path that first visits the inner solar system and the sun. It will then continue through the solar system until it is far beyond the far reaches of the Oort Cloud, the depths of interstellar space and then finally, in four years time, it will reach Proxima Centauri (in 2019).
Proxima is a teaching tool
Intended to demonstrate the vastness of interstellar space, Project Proxima also teaches about the various planets in the solar system. As Proxima travels it will send out tweets and emails to all its followers giving information about the various planets, dwarf planets, asteroids and other interesting astronomical features that it has encountered.
Proxima is also a timecapsule. On the launch date, I will archive the current world news to help followers better understand the distance between our solar system and our nearest neighbour.
Proxima never stops! Once it reaches Proxima Centauri it will continue through the galaxy for as long as I can maintain this server.