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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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Meet Proxima Centauri, Home to Our Newest Exoplanet

It’s been an exciting week for planet hunters with the discovery of the nearest exoplanet yet found, orbiting a star called Proxima Centauri. Now you can get a closer look at that star system, courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh. Read More >>

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How Life Could Survive on Proxima B

After a week of rampant speculation, astronomers have officially announced the discovery of Proxima b, a potentially habitable world circling our nearest neighbouring star. But even as engineers prepare for an interstellar voyage to scope out Proxima b for signs of life, some experts warn that M dwarf systems like Proxima Centauri may be unable to support life at all. Read More >>

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There May Be an Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumours are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbouring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century. Read More >>