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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

While it may not be practical politics, a trip to the nearest Earthlike exoplanet may be news worth sharing. We as Earthlings may be interested in seeing what is one of the nearest Earthlike planets. So here is:  -SJ Otto


Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered


The hunt for exoplanets has been heating up in recent years. Since it began its mission in 2009, over four thousand exoplanet candidates discovered by the Kepler mission, several hundred of which have been confirmed to be “Earth-like” (i.e. terrestrial). And of these, some 216 planets have been shown to be both terrestrial and located within their parent star’s habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks zone”). But in what may prove to be the most exciting find to date, the German weekly Der Spiegel announced recently that astronomers have discovered an Earth like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, just 4.25 light-years away. Yes, in what is an apparent trifecta, this newly-discovered exoplanet is Earth-like, so here it is...click here.


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