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Alpha Centauri

Definition of the noun alpha centauri

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  1. brightest star in Centaurus; second nearest star to the sun


"Alpha Centauri" a.k.a. "Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri": Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy video game, the sequel to the Civilization series. Sid Meier, designer of Civilization, and Brian Reynolds, designer of Civilization II, developed Alpha Centauri after they left MicroProse to join the newly created developer Firaxis Games. Electronic Arts released both Alpha Centauri and its expansion, Sid Meier's Alien Crossfire, in 1999. In the following year, Aspyr Media and Loki Software ported both titles over to Mac OS and Linux.


"Alpha Centauri" is a book by Michael Capobianco & William Barton, long-listed work.

  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • copyright: 1997-07


Alpha Centauri, played by Stuart Fell and voiced by Ysanne Churchman, is a fictional alien delegate for the Galactic Federation who appears in two serials of the BBC television series Doctor Who.


  1. "Alpha Centauri" is an album by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. The music on this album is quite different from Tangerine Dream’s first album Electronic Meditation, partly because of a heavier reliance on keyboards and electronic technology, although they still mostly remain in the background: the dominant instruments on the album are organ and flute. The other difference is that this album focuses on dark, spacey soundscapes as opposed to jam sessions. The shift in instrumentation resulted in an atmosphere dubbed by Edgar Froese himself as Kosmische musik.
  2. "Alpha Centauri" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  3. "Alpha Centauri" is a composition.
  4. "Alpha Centauri" is a musical album of Alpha Centauri.
    • released in (38 years ago)
  5. "Alpha Centauri" is a composition.


Alpha Centauri is a musical group.


Alpha Centauri is a record label.


Alpha Centauri or Toliman is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Centaurus and the third brightest star in the night sky. The Alpha Centauri system is located 1.34 parsecs or 4.37 light years from the Sun, making it the closest star system to our Solar System. Although it appears to the unaided eye as a single object, Alpha Centauri is actually a binary star system whose combined visual magnitude of −0.27 makes it the third brightest star seen from Earth after the −1.46 magnitude Sirius and the −0.72 magnitude Canopus.

  • also known as Alpha Centauri AB, Rigel Kent, Rigil Kent, Rigil/Rigel Kentaurus, Toliman, Bungula

Phrases with Alpha Centauri

  1. Alpha Centauri a
  2. Alpha Centauri B
  3. Alpha Centauri C

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alpha Centauri

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Space (2009)

by Heather Couper, Nigel Henbest

FUTURISTIC STARSHIPS Beyond the solar system, the Earth's nearest neighbour, the Alpha Centauri star system, is about 40 trillion km away. Using the fastest current technology, it would take spacecraft about 10,000 years to get there, even ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Science Dictionary (2005)

by American Heritage Dictionary

Alpha Centauri (al'fa sen-tor'e) A triple star system in the constellation Centaurus that is the third brightest star in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of -0.27 , and the star nearest to Earth, at a distance of about 4.2 light-years. The two ...

Google previewVisual Dictionary (2011)

by DK

Mimosa Acrux Epsilon Eta Centauri Epsilon Centauri Zeta Centauri Omega Centauri Menkent Alpha Centauri Crucis Delta Crucis ...

Google previewKnowledge Encyclopedia Space! (2015)

by DK

Beta Centauri TRIANGULUM AUSTRALE CENTAURUS Alpha Centauri Southern Pointers 4 NOW FOLLOW THE downward (longer) bar of the Southern Cross and cross an empty area of the sky to reach the Small Magellanic Cloud.

Google previewA Dictionary of Astronomy (2012)

by Ian Ridpath

Alpha Centauri The closest star to the Sun, also known as Rigil Kentaurus. It is actually a triple system, consisting of a bright binary with a period of 80 years and a faint red dwarf 2O away called *Proxima Centauri. The binary consists of a G2 ...

Google previewBiographical Dictionary of Great Astronomers (2005)

by G. Ramamurthy

(Alpha Centauri is actually three stars and at 4 light years distance, is still the closest star system to us). Henderson found that Alpha Centauri had a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Solar System (2014)

by Tilman Spohn, Doris Breuer, Torrence Johnson

distant companion to Alpha Centauri, which itself is a double star system of two closeorbiting solar-type stars. Proxima Centauri is currently about 1.3 pc ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

Alpha Centauri 17 air-to-underwater missile (AUM) A missile launched from an airborne vehicle toward an underwater target, such as a submarine. albedo In general, the ratio of the electromagnetic energy reflected by a surface to the total ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Astronomy (1985)

by Valerie Illingworth

Alpha Centauri (Rigil Kent; ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Space Technology, Revised Edition (2009)

by Joseph A. Angelo

Alpha Centauri The closest STAR system, about 4.3 LIGHT-YEARs away. It is actually a triple-star system, with two stars orbiting around each other and a third star, called Proxima Centauri, revolving around the pair at some distance.

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia (2000)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

Alpha Centauri Triple star in the constellation Centaurus, the faintest component of which, Proxima Centauri, is currently the closest star to the sun (about 4.3 light- years away). The two brighter components are about 0.1 light-year farther from ...

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