Astronomers To Announce Discovery of a Nearby ‘Earth-Like’ Planet

astroengine quotes a report from Seeker:
Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet in our galactic neighborhood which is “believed to be Earth-like” and orbits its star at a distance that could favor life, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. The exoplanet orbits a well-investigated star called Proxima Centauri, part of the Alpha Centauri star system, the magazine said, quoting anonymous sources. “The still nameless planet is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface — an important requirement for the emergence of life,” said the magazine.
It’s orbiting our sun’s nearest neighboring star — just 4.25 light years away — meaning it could someday be considered for the world’s first interstellar mission.


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