Nearest Earth-like planet confirmed

The discovery of an exoplanet named Proxima b, the size of Earth, orbiting the nearest star to our Sun, just confirmed.

Proxima b, a Pale Red Dot orbiting the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri.

Above, an artist’s impression of the exoplanet Proxima b, located just 4.2 light years from Earth.   Credit ESO/M. Kornmesser

It is located in the habitable zone of the planetary system, which encourages the presence of water in liquid form, a feature essential for life.

This could be the discovery of the century.

The environment of the new planet, created hope among scientists, that may be habitable and that will be able to explore it with robots, in the coming years.

Proxima b Nearest Earth-like planet confirmed

The discovery published in the journal Nature, after studies of at least 16 years.

A journey to Proxima Centauri and its planet

source ESO