Proxima b 'may well' harbour life: New study claims 'second Earth' just four light years away has oceans and a thin gassy atmosphere



A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an 'ocean planet' similar to Earth.
Scientists announced Proxima b's discovery in August, and said it may be the first exoplanet—planet outside our Solar System—to one day be visited by robots from Earth.
The planet orbits within a 'temperate' zone from its host star Proxima Centauri, some four light years from us.
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It is estimated to have a mass about 1.3 times that of Earth, and orbits about 7.5 million kilometres (4.6 million... read more

 
6 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 40
Source: Daily Mail
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