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Dust suggests Proxima Centauri b isn’t alone

Astronomers created a stir last year when they reported that the closest star beyond our own solar system harbors a potentially habitable planet, but now fresh evidence hints that there could be even more worlds around Proxima Centauri. The ALMA Observatory’s array of … Continue reading

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Tiny probes get tested for interstellar mission

Breakthrough Starshot says it’s been testing prototype interstellar spacecraft no bigger than postage stamps in orbit for the past month, and they seem to be working just fine. Six of the 1.4-inch-square circuit boards, dubbed “Sprites,” were launched into low Earth … Continue reading

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Why it’ll take years to see what Proxima b is like

University of Washington astronomer Rory Barnes says Proxima Centauri b is the biggest discovery in 20 years for planet hunters like himself, but it could take another 20 years to find out just how livable it is. The alien planet orbits a … Continue reading

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Potentially habitable planet at the star next door

The rumors you’ve heard are mostly true: Scientists say the star that’s closest to our solar system has a planet that could be at the right temperature for liquid water and life. The star is called Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf … Continue reading

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