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This article was published on June 4, 2020


Astronomers found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the solar system’s nearest star

Astronomers found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the solar system’s nearest star
The nearest stars to the Sun, including Proxima Centauri — home to the Earth-like Proxima b, confirmed to exist by the ESPRESSO instrument. (NASA Photojournal)

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Goldilocks and the Red Dwarfs (wait… that’s not right)

An artist’s impression of Proxima b, an exoplanet orbiting the nearest star outside the solar system, now confirmed by ESPRESSO (Observatoire européen austral, (ESO))
A simulation suggesting what a water-rich Proxima b may look like. Like our moon, it is likely tidally locked to its parent star, rotating once per “year.” Image credit: The Cosmic Companion / Made in Universe Sandbox

A new hope? Maybe?

The ESPRESSO device may look unassuming but much like the science of exoplanet hunting it continues to deliver despite being in its infancy (UNIGE)

This article was originally published on The Cosmic Companion by Robert Lea. You can read this original piece here.

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