Proxima Centauri

Hi, Neighbor: Nearby Planet May Be Hospitable to Life

"Just because Proxima Centauri blasts its planet with strong flares and high energy radiation, yes, I think Ross 128 is much more comfortable for the …

Liberal View

The Morning After: Friday, November 17th 2017

Friday is here -- you made it. Over the last 24 hours, Tesla revealed a new prototype Roadster with a ridiculous spec sheet. Oh, and the company showed off its new all-electric big rig. Meanwhile, OnePlus announced its latest smartphone, the 5T, which looks much pricier than it is.<p>Surprise!<br>Tesla's …

Magnetism

Astronomers are beaming techno into space for aliens to decode

In a bid to talk to aliens, we're beaming some mathematical music into space. The transmission will travel over 70 trillion miles to one of Earth's …

Aliens

The latest interstellar messages could receive an extraterrestrial response in 25 years

Reaching Out<p>They say that the key to a good relationship is communication, a belief that members of San Francisco-based nonprofit Messaging …

Aliens

Scientists found another Earth-like planet, and even more are coming – VICE News

A planet about a third bigger than Earth that could support life as we know it was found just 11 light years away, researchers announced on Wednesday. More than a dozen potentially habitable planets have been identified so far in 2017, and scientists are just getting started.<p>“This has always been a …

Exoplanets

Nature

Research Highlights<p>Our pick of the latest scientific literature<p>Back to issue<p>Volume 551<br>• Issue 7680<p>Climate change<p>13 November 2017<p>Warming will nudge …

If the sun is so hot, why is space so cold?

Apparently, this is a question people ask, and they don’t like it when you make fun of them.<p>On Nov. 8 Bill Nye, America’s iconic “Science Guy,” was torn to shreds on Reddit while holding an online discussion to promote his TV show on Netflix. The show, modestly titled <i>Bill Nye Saves the World</i>, has …

Bill Nye

Here’s why plans for a ‘death laser’ in space have been put on hold

Plans to build a giant orbiting laser gun have been grounded indefinitely.<p>It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it’s real: Billionaire …

Are there other planets like Earth? Nasa reveals planets for aliens and human life

There are now a total of 50 exoplanets far beyond our solar system, that are of interest to astronomers and astrophysicists across the globe<p>In the …

Exoplanets

There could be planets hiding in Proxima Centauri’s space dust

On Earth, dust means you need to get out the Swiffer again. In space, dust could mean a whole new planetary system.<p>These hypothetical planets, if …

Universe

It's almost impossible to understand how unfathomably massive our universe truly is

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Universe

Our Nearest Neighbor Might Harbor Its Own Solar System

New data from Proxima Centauri shows it has a ring of cold dust—a sign that many planets may orbit the distant star<p>Comment on this Story

Exoplanets

Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

Proxima Centauri... more like Pulverea Centauri, amirite?*New research suggests that a dust belt may be circling the closest star to the Sun, a red …

Space

Proxima Centauri may host planetary system

The Hindu<p>http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/proxima-centauri-may-host-planetary-system/article19993333.ece<p>article<p>Scientists detect dust belts …

Universe

The Closest Star to Our Own Solar System Just Got a Lot More Interesting

There could be many more planets over there!<p>Astronomers have announced they've discovered a ring of cold cosmic dust surrounding the closest star to …

Science

Astronomers Look For Life On 'Generic' Exoplanet

The alien world appears friendly at first, not forbidding.<p>Near the size of Earth, Proxima b is also nearby—twenty-five trillion miles away. In space, that’s practically spitting distance.<p>“The closest planet outside our solar system,” says Guillem Anglada-Escude, the lead scientist of the research …

Exoplanets

Proxima Centauri: Our Closest Cosmic Neighbour May Have an Entire Solar System We Never Knew About

The discovery is described in a new paper accepted for publication in <i>The Astrophysical Journal Letters.</i> "It’s the first indication of the presence of …

Universe

Cold bands of dust surround the closest star to our Solar System — and maybe more planets

Proxima Centauri is a complex place<p>Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our Solar System, may not have just one planet orbiting around it; the star may host a whole complex planetary system. Astronomers have detected belts of cold dust surrounding Proxima Centauri, indicating that the star is home …

Exoplanets

Newfound dust belts suggest that Proxima Centauri has more than one alien planet

Astronomers created a stir last year when they reported that the closest star beyond our own solar system harbors a potentially habitable planet, but …

Exoplanets

An Elaborate Planetary System May Exist Around Our Nearest Star

New observations show there’s at least one, but possibly three rings, of cold dust around our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. That could indicate the …

Universe

ALMA Discovers Cold Dust Around Nearest Star

The ALMA Observatory in Chile has detected dust around the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri. These new observations reveal the glow …

Exoplanets

Our closest cosmic neighbor Proxima centauri may have an entire solar system we never knew about

Just last year, scientists announced they had spotted a planet orbiting the star nearest our sun, Proxima Centauri. Today, they're fleshing out the …

Universe

Proxima Centauri's Dust Belt Hints at More Planets

Our nearest neighboring star just got a whole lot richer as a system—and a whole lot weirder. In research published today in the Astrophysical …

Exoplanets

Cool Dust — and More Planets? — for Proxima Centauri - Sky & Telescope

<b>Tantalizing new observations hint that there's a lot more going on in the Proxima Centauri system — the one that hosts the nearest exoplanet to Earth</b> …

Universe

Closest Star Proxima Centauri Has a Dust Belt, Maybe More Planets

Proxima Centauri is already known to have one Earth-sized world around it, and now astronomers have detected dust belts that could be an indication of more.<p>The closest star to us, Proxima Centauri, and the planet that orbits it, Proxima b, are just 4.2 light-years away. The cool and faint red dwarf …

Astronomy

What Would Aliens Really Look Like? Here Are Some Hints From Evolution

Um, would they even have faces?<p>We're all a little obsessed about aliens. Lonely little Earthlings that we are, science and philosophy are bent on …

Biology

“Monster Planet” Discovered, Makes Scientists Rethink Theories of Planetary Formation

When it comes to how and where planetary systems form, astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on things. The predominant theory, known as …

Exoplanets

What do belts around Proxima Centauri mean for exoplanet research?

<i>Astronomy has a Q&A with Guillem Anglada Escude, one of the discoverers of the nearest exoplanet to us.</i>

Exoplanets

A potentially habitable planet has been discovered just 11 light-year

Our local planetary neighborhood just got a new neighbor — and it may be a good place to find some vital signs.<p>Just 11 light-years away, a sleepy red …

Astronomy

We may have found 20 habitable worlds hiding in plain sight

There could be more habitable planets out there than we thought. An analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope has revealed 20 promising worlds …

Exoplanets