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The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be "Highly Habitable"

14 Sep 2018, 14:00 UTC
The Closest Exoplanet to Earth Could Be ESO/M. Kornmesser

Just a cosmic hop, skip and jump away, an Earth-size planet orbits the closest star to our sun, Proxima Centauri.

Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of sustaining life.

Now, using computer models similar to those used to study climate change on Earth, researchers have found that, under a wide range of conditions, Proxima Centauri b can sustain enormous areas of liquid water on its surface, potentially raising its prospects for harboring living organisms

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