An artist’s conception of the strange surface of Proxima Centauri B.
Image credit: ESO
By now, you’ve heard the news.
Yesterday, astronomers at the European Southern Observatory made the formal announcement that we expected was forthcoming: our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri, hosts an exoplanet.
And of course, the SEO-hungry media quickly morphed the announcement from ‘Planet Found Around Nearest Star,” to “Earth’s Twin Discovered Next Door!” [Read more...]