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An Earth-like planet was found in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our solar system! Here’s what you should know!

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Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever
“Astronomers have discovered a roughly Earth-size alien world around Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system. What's even more exciting, study team members said, is that the planet, known as Proxima b, circles in the star's ‘habitable zone’ — the range of distances at which liquid water could be stable on a world's surface.”

Rocky planet found orbiting habitable zone of nearest star
“Just over four light-years from our Solar System sits a red dwarf star named Proxima Centauri. This cool star in the constellation of Centaurus is too faint to be seen with the naked eye and is close to the much brighter pair of stars known as Alpha Centauri A and B.”

Earth-like planet around Proxima Centauri discovered
“For over a century, astronomers have known about Proxima Centauri and believed that it is likely to be part of a trinary star system (along with Alpha Centauri A and B). Located just 0.237 ± 0.011 light years from the binary pair, this low-mass red dwarf star is also 0.12 light years (~7590 AUs) closer to Earth, making it the closest star system to our own.”


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