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Planet found in habitable zone around nearest star


An international team of Astronomers with participation from the Institute for Astrophysics of the University of Göttingen has found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every eleven days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us – and it may also be the closest possible abode for life outside the Solar System. The results were published in Nature. more...