Good news, Earthlings! Astrobiologists confirmed this week that our closest neighbor star, Proxima Centauri, has an Earth-like planet orbiting in the habitable zone -- meaning it just might support Life As We Know It.
The habitable zone around any star is the distance at which an orbiting planet is not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. And where there's water, there's a possibility for life. This is why astrobiologists get excited when they find exoplanets in habitable zones. To find such a planet right next door, cosmically speaking, is a very big deal indeed.
Check out this DNews report from Trace Dominguez for an overview of what you need to know as a responsible galactic citizen. For more details on the interstellar implications of it all, click over to the additional coverage below, from our intrepid space science reporters.
Confirmed! Sun's Nearest Neighbor Has 'Earth-Like' World
Welcome to Proxima b, Our Nearest 'Earth-like' Neighbor
Fly Through the Proxima Centauri System