Team interplanetary station, New Horizons has published pictures of the stars Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359, made in the framework of the project Parallax Program. The aim of the project is the demonstration of the method of parallaxes, which allows you to specify the nearest to the Sun star, reported on the website NASA.
The automatic interplanetary station, New Horizons launched into space in 2006. It was the first in the history of the unit, which is explored near the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons in July 2015, and was also able to collect unique data about the object 2014 MU69 or Arrarat from the Kuiper belt, flying past it in January 2019. Currently, the station moves to the edge of the Solar system and is engaged in collecting data on the interaction of the solar wind and interstellar particles.
In February of this year, scientists from the mission team launched the project Parallax Program, whose goal was the demonstration of the method of parallax, which astronomers want to clarify the distance to the two nearest to the Sun stars of Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359. The essence of the method lies in the fact that for station, a remote 7 billion miles from our planet, and the observer the position of the stars in the sky varies slightly. Knowing the baseline length and parallactical angle, you can determine the distance to them with great precision.