Discovery: The Earth Next Door

Discovery: The Earth Next Door

August 24, 2016 Blog, Featured

Discovery: The Earth Next Door – Exoplanet Science Gets a Boost

Scientists have found the closest planet to Earth – four light-years away – that could support life. This means more than just the discovery itself, it could herald in a new era of exoplanet science that is more focused, driving better results.

Here’s a roundup of some great articles on the discovery and what it means for us:

Scientific American: The Earth Next Door (@LeeBillings)

The New York Times: One Star Over, a Planet That Might Be Another Earth (@kchangnyt)

Mashable: Scientists find potentially habitable planet in closest alien star system to Earth (@mirikramer)

Buzzfeed: Our Nearest Star Has An Earth-Like Planet And Scientists Are Seriously Excited (@TomChivers)

The Guardian: Discovery of potentially Earth-like planet Proxima b raises hopes for life (@NicolaKSDavis) Proxima b: Closest Earth-Like Planet Discovery in Pictures (@HannekeScience)

BBC News: Earth-sized world ‘around nearest star’ (@BBCAmos)

Slate: Astronomers Discover a New Planet Orbiting the Closest Star to the Sun! (@BadAstronomer)

Washington Post: Scientists say they’ve found a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, our closest neighbor (@RachelFeltman)