A recent discovery has been made about a new planet that is just like Earth and could inhibit life. This planet has been given the name of Proxima Centauri, and for the orbit of this planet around its own star takes around 11.2 days! However, there are some things that make life uninhabitable for many species and that is the surface temperature of the planet is around 5,000 degrees Celsius. The planet hosts a variety of solar flares which also make life somewhat impossible. Although this planet also may have plants that photosynthesize, and if life has taken shelter underground they might be able to survive.
Crockett, Christopher. "Sun's Nearest Stellar Neighbor May Have Earth-like Planet." Science News for Students. Science News, 24 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.
Author: Rohit Veerapaneni
There has been a significant development in the search from extraterrestrial life. A recent discovery suggests that there is a planet in Proxima Centuri that could sustain life. The planet is 4.2 light years away, which is too far to transport technolgy in the current millennium. The fastest spacecraft humans have ever launched, called the NASA New Horizons, would take 80,000 years to reach the planet. Another technique called solar sail propulsion, would be a bit faster, but it would still take 66,000 years to get there. Many people have proposed that we use novel propulsion schemes, which could reduce the amount of time by a lot.
View the full article here: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/life-unbounded/proxima-centauri-just-became-our-gateway-to-the-cosmos/
And here: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/visits-proxima-centauri-planet-probably-millennia-away?tgt=nr
Author: Risha Hegde
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