August 2016: Astronomers Announce Discovery of New, Earth-like Planet: Proxima b
Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major science and disaster news events of August 2016.
1. Scientists Announce Artificial Neuron 2. Moon Express 3. Perseids Put on Impressive Display 4. Louisiana Under Water 5. Blue Cut Fire Sparks State of Emergency 6. Pfizer Buys Medivation for $14 Billion 7. Earthquake Rocks Italy 8. Discovery of Earth-like Planet: Proxima b 9. Mylan Will Offer Generic EpiPen
- Astronomers Announce Discovery of New, Earth-like Planet: Proxima b
- On August 24, 2016, researchers discover a new planet orbiting our neighbor star, Proxima Centauri, named Proxima b. Proxima b is a rocky planet with a surface that has the potential to sustain life and liquid water. Since it is only 4.2 light-years away from our solar system, researchers are optimistic about future robotic explorations. With an estimated temperature around 86-104 degrees Fahrenheit, Proxima b would provide an environment suitable for liquid water to exist without evaporating.
- Photo source: NASA