Earth-Like Planet around Proxima Centauri (1)

Earth-Like exoplanet around Proxima Centauri discovered.

Above, artist’s impression of a sunset seen from the surface of an Earth-like exoplanet.  Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

Proxima Centauri is located 4.25 light years from us.

“The still nameless planet is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface — an important requirement for the emergence of life. Never before have scientists discovered a second Earth that is so close by.”

Professor Phillip Lubin of Project Starshot, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told Universe Today via email:

“The discovery of possible planet around Proxima Centauri is very exciting. It makes the case of visiting nearby stellar systems even more compelling, though we know there are many exoplanets around other nearby stars and it is very likely that the Alpha Centauri system will also have planets.”

source Universe Today