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August 2016: Astronomers Announce Discovery of New, Earth-like Planet: Proxima b

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Astronomers Announce Discovery of New, Earth-like Planet: Proxima b
 
An artist's impression of the surface of the newly-discovered 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.
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