Proxima Centauri

  • Aussie telescope to find planets next door

    New precision space telescope will search for worlds around Alpha Centauri using astrometry.

    A University of Sydney-led project is set to build a space telescope to look for rocky planets in the “Goldilocks” zo...

    Astrophysics November 17, 2021
  • How’s the weather in Proxima Centauri?

    Stellar flares with a chance of radio bursts, it seems.

    Wild space weather may mean most of the exoplanets in the Milky Way are uninhabitable, according to new research. Ove...

    Astronomy December 10, 2020
  • How many astronauts to reach Proxima Centauri b?

    Modelling suggests humanity’s first crewed voyage to an exoplanet will require a keen appreciatio...

    One day, at least if science fiction novelists and dreamers are to be believed, humankind will set sail for planets o...

    Space June 26, 2018
  • Exoplanet’s rotation speed may hold key to life

    Climate modelling suggests Proxima B’s spin cycle has a big impact on the amount of its surface c...

    An artist’s impression of the surface of Proxima-B.ESO / M. KornmesserHow fast the exoplanet Proxima-B rotates on its...

    Space May 15, 2017
  • Park spacecraft next to Proxima Centauri

    Solar sails help slow it down before it whizzes past Proxima b.

    When it comes to interstellar space travel, getting to the destination quickly is only part of the challenge. How do ...

    Physics February 7, 2017
  • Proxima Centauri surprises with starspot cycle

    Observations of our next-door star show it to be more sunlike than we first thought. Belinda Smit...

    The nearby star Proxima Centauri shows signs of a seven-year activity cycle – weird behaviour for a low-mass star. NA...

    Space October 16, 2016
  • Up close with our nearest star system neighbour

    As captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, this image shows Alpha Centauri A and B clearer tha...

    NASA/ESAAppearing like the high beams of an oncoming car, this is the best image that the Hubble Space Telescope has ...

    Space September 7, 2016
  • The many potential lives of 'Earth-twin' planet Proxima b

    It’s been called humanity’s best chance for a second planet, but two NASA papers suggest life on ...

    This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Cent...

    Space September 5, 2016
  • Rocky exoplanet found in habitable zone of star next door

    Proxima Centauri hosts a world of comparable size to Earth, which is warm enough for liquid water...

    This artist’s impression shows the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri. At 4.25 light-years...

    Space August 24, 2016
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