Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever

August 24, 2016 5:10 PM

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Found! Potentially Earth-Like Planet at Proxima Centauri Is Closest Ever

The star closest to the sun hosts a planet that may be very much like Earth, a new study reports.

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...

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