Have you heard of Proxima Centauri? This is a red dwarf star near the Sun. It is just 4.24 light-years away from Earth. There are reports which have been hinting that there is company for Earth near Proxima Centauri. The possibility of a potentially habitable planet has been under speculation for quite some time now. The observation was made public on August 24th2016.
Further investigations reveal that the new planet’s orbit is warm enough to contain liquid water on its surface. The presence of water is the biggest indication of existence of life on the planet. Till now this hasn’t been confirmed. However, all the other conditions that have been investigated give scientists more hope as the days pass by.
Avi Lord who is the adviser to Breakthrough Starshot Project said that the habitable, rocky planet found would be an abode for human civilization to start living after the Sun died and Earth is destroyed, five billion years away.
Breakthrough Starshot is planning to send spaceships to investigate further. However, this will take around 20years to reach the new planet. For some kind of data to reach Earth, you would have to wait another 4.5 years after the spacecraft reaches the new destination.
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