Villanova professors say Proxima b is Earthlike planet, surprisingly close

     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. (<a href=ESO/M. Kornmesser) " title="Artist’s impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri" width="640" height="361"/>

    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)

    Over the past few years astronomers have discovered thousands of planets circling distant stars… but Wednesday, astronomers announced that you might not need to look very far to find a planet capable of supporting life as we know it. An Earth-sized planet that scientists say could be habitable is circling our sun’s nearest neighbor. NewsWorks Tonight guest host Brad Linder spoke with Scott Engle and Edward Guinan, two Villanova University professors studying the habitability of Proxima b.

    Over the past few years astronomers have discovered thousands of planets circling distant stars… but Wednesday, astronomers announced that you might not need to look very far to find a planet capable of supporting life as we know it. An Earth-sized planet that scientists say could be habitable is circling our sun’s nearest neighbor. NewsWorks Tonight guest host Brad Linder spoke with Scott Engle and Edward Guinan, two Villanova University professors studying the habitability of Proxima b.

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