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Giant Flare Around Proxima Centauri May Kill Hope for Planetary System

Scientists have discovered a flare off of the sun’s closest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri. Many are reporting that it could spell trouble for any hope for life on its exoplanet, Proxima b—but it might also kill off a presumed set of other planets around the star. Read More >>

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An Elaborate Planetary System May Exist Around Our Nearest Star

New observations show there’s at least one, but possibly three rings, of cold dust around our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. That could indicate the presence of more planets, according to new research. Read More >>

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The Nearest Earth-Like Planet Outside Our Solar System Could Be a Water World

At a distance of 4.2 light years, Proxima b is the closest potentially habitable Earth-like planet outside our solar system. New research suggests this distant orb could be completely covered in water. So when do we go? Read More >>

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How We’ll Get Our First Big Clue About Life on Proxima B

Last week, astronomers announced that our nearest neighbouring star hosts an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. It's an exciting prospect for alien life, and a possible second home for humanity. But before we assemble the interstellar welcoming party to greet our cosmic neighbours, we need to figure out whether Proxima b is capable of supporting life at all. Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), that question could be answered in less than three years. Read More >>