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Help us find out what our possibly habitable exoplanet neighbour is actually like

There was a lot of excitement when Proxima b was discovered – a potentially habitable exoplanet around our nearest neighbour star, Proxima Centauri. Located a mere 4.24 light years away, we may actually be able to send tiny robots there in the next few decades. And now you can help lead the way.

Assist astronomers' new hunt for Earth-like planets

Last year an international team of astronomers led by Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé, of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), discovered a planet around the closest star to our Sun, Proxima Centauri. Details of the observing campaign were made publicly available via the innovative Pale Red Dot campaign.

First 'Exodus: Proxima Centauri' Gameplay Video Looks Good

A few weeks back we wrote a story about the board game Exodus: Proxima Centauri coming to mobile soon, and now we have gameplay video of the game in our Upcoming Games forum thread. The video looks quite promising, and you can see how the developers are adding 3D spaceship battle scenes that should bring

NASA's Search for Planet 9 Heats Up Via Videos Captured by the WISE Mission in the Vast Unexplored Region Between Neptune and Proxima Centauri (WATCH)

"There are just over four light-years between Neptune and Proxima Centauri, the nearest star, and much of this vast territory is unexplored," said lead researcher Marc Kuchner, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "Because there's so little sunlight,...        

Exploring the Atmosphere of Earth-Like Planet Proxima b and Its Potential for Life --"Orbiting Our Closest Neighboring Star" (VIDEO)

The quest to discover whether a planet orbiting our closest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri (4.2 light years or 25 trillion miles from Earth), has the potential to support life has taken a new, exhilarating twist. Discovered in August 2016 the...        

Scientists take first tentative steps to explore potential climate of Proxima B

(University of Exeter) The quest to discover whether a planet orbiting our closest neighbouring star, Proxima Centauri (4.2 light years or 25 trillion miles from Earth), has the potential to support life has taken a new, exhilarating twist.

Breakthrough Starshot: getting to Proxima Centauri b – Science Weekly podcast

Hannah Devlin explores the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative, which aims to use lasers to propel spherical sails to Alpha Centauri - our closest star system - over four light years away Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom,...Show More Summary

The space weather forecast for Proxima Centauri B

Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Earth (only 4.28 light-years away) is getting a lot of attention these days. It hosts a planet, Proxima Cen b, whose mass is about 1.3 Earth-mass (though it could be larger, depending on the angle at which we are viewing it). Show More Summary

Trust Me, Living on the Moon Will Be Hell

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Humans (not you, you’ll be dead) are going to have to live somewhere other than Earth eventually. There might be some options for new homes on Mars, the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, or even one of the planets in the Trappist-1 system. But what about the Moon for starters? It’s round like our Earth, it’s close,… Read more...

The 4X Board Game 'Exodus: Proxima Centauri' Is Coming to Mobile

Digital versions of 4X games are tricky to pull off partly because of how demanding the genre can be in terms of time. Offworld Games is hoping to adapt the board game Exodus: Proxima Centauri into a great 4X digital game that will be easy to learn and easy to use, so hopefully the game

Destiny: Xur weapons, gear, and location, March 17 - 19. Telesto!

Xur, Destiny’s travelling weekend Exotic trader, premier fashioner of automated musical art installations, and maker of the finest cup of tea in Earth’s northern hemisphere (some of the guys over at Proxima Centauri have slightly got the edge, due to their advanced quantum straining technology), is back

Not Fade Away

4 months agoAcademics / Astronomy : Systemic

With the likes of an Earth-mass world orbiting Proxima Centauri and a staggeringly photorealistic better-than-the-real-thing rendering of Kepler 186f, it’s gotten increasingly difficult to mount a planet discovery press conference that achieves adequate signal-to-noise. Show More Summary

NASA just dashed our dreams of ever moving to this Earth-sized exoplanet

When Proxima Centauri b was first discovered, many scientists had high hopes for it to inhabit living organisms. However, a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters shows that we probably shouldn't expect too much. Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Proxima Centauri b And Most Other Exo-Planets Are Likely Uninhabitable

4 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

New study says nearby earth-mass planet Proxima Centauri b may not be habitable after all. The implications for astrobiology aren't good.

Potentially habitable exoplanets may not be so habitable after all

5 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Last year, astronomers announced the discovery of Proxima b, a potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, which at just four light years away is the closest star to our solar system. But a team of NASA scientists is looking to change the way habitable zones are defined by taking into account the impacts of space weather. Show More Summary

NASA Redefines Life Zones for Alien Planets --"Nixes Earth-Sized Planet of Our Closest Neighbor Red Dwarf Star Proxima Centauri"

"If we want to find an exoplanet that can develop and sustain life, we must figure out which stars make the best parents," said Vladimir Airapetian, lead author of the paper and a solar scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight...        

Scientists devise tiny spacecraft with giant light sails to visit nearest exoplanet

The probe could potentially reach Proxima Centauri in as little as 20 years. After we figure out how to build it, that is. The post Scientists devise tiny spacecraft with giant light sails to visit nearest exoplanet appeared first on ExtremeTech.

An Interstellar Spacecraft Could Use Starlight To Reach Another Star

5 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

The Breakthrough Starshot project plans to send small spacecraft to Proxima Centauri, and it could use the light of Alpha Centauri it get there.

Shaking the Fabric of Reality

Hands down, the biggest science story of 2016 was the detection of gravitational waves. Even the discovery of the planet Proxima Centauri B takes second seat to it. Gravitational waves are ripples in the very fabric of spacetime, created when massive objects are accelerated. Show More Summary

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