Habitable planet found near Earth
A TEAM comprising European scientists has announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to the solar system. in a temperate zone and has liquid water. The scientists presented their findings, based on data collected over 16 years in the journal, Nature. The team worked with telescopes of the Munich-based European Southern Observatory in the deserts of north Chile. They used Doppler spectroscopy, an indirect method for finding extrasolar planets, to detect Proxima b and describe its properties. Proxima b has a mass of around 1.3 times that of Earth, and orbits about seven million kilometres from Proxima Centauri. It is just four light years from the solar system, meaning it is on the scale of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
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