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Sorry, Proxima Centauri Is Probably a Hellhole, Too

1 Aug 2017, 06:37 UTC
Sorry, Proxima Centauri Is Probably a Hellhole, Too ESO/M. Kornmesser

The funny thing about habitable zones is that they’re not necessarily habitable. In fact, depending on the star, some of them are likely downright horrible. Take, for example, the “habitable zone exoplanet” orbiting our neighboring star Proxima Centauri. When the discovery of Proxima b was announced last year, the world erupted with excitement. After all, astronomers had detected an Earth-sized world right on our galactic doorstep, a mere four light-years away. According to new research published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Proxima b would probably be a very unlikely place to find extraterrestrial life and is probably a hellhole.

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