Scientists say they’ve found a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbor

August 24, 2016 5:12 PM

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Scientists say they’ve found a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbor

Scientists have discovered what they believe to be a new planet, the closest one ever detected outside our solar system. It is a small, rocky planet not unlike our own, orbiting the sun's closest stellar neighbor.

"It's so inspiring, it's our closest star," Lisa Kaltenegger, a Cornell astronomer who wasn't involved in the new study, told The Washington Post. "A planet next door. How much more inspiring can it get?"

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