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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Artist's impression of the surface of planet Proxima Centauri b

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Artist's impression of the surface of planet Proxima Centauri b This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.

ESO / M. Kornmesser

Original image data dated on or about August 24, 2016.

 

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