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Artist's impression of planet Proxima Centauri b

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Artist's impression of planet Proxima Centauri b This artist’s impression shows 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 between the planet and 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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