ESOcast 87 – Astronomers Discuss Proxima b

In this six minute ESOcast video astronomers discuss the newly discovered Proxima b and the possibility of life outside our solar system.

The Pale Red Dot campaign aimed to find a planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Incredibly, the quest succeeded and the team did indeed find a planet. Even more excitingly, the planet, Proxima b, falls within the habitable zone of its host star. The newly discovered Proxima b is by far the closest potential abode for alien life.

In this ESOcast, the results of this groundbreaking research are explained in detail, providing insights into the following points:

  • The extensive verification process the team went through to ensure this result was accurate.
  • The factors for and against the possibility of life on Proxima b.
  • The nature of a “habitable zone” around a star.

The discovery of Proxima b is a major science result, making this ESOcast a must for those of you curious about one of the most intriguing questions in astronomy — “are we alone?”

Credit: ESO

1 Comment on "ESOcast 87 – Astronomers Discuss Proxima b"

  1. Douglas F Dwyer | September 2, 2016 at 3:57 am | Reply

    Re;Proxima-b
    Every Fast Radio Burst we have received will also have illuminated Proxima b at approximately the same time, if current assumptions are correct. Re-radiation of the FRB will arrive here after the appropriate number of years. This echo may be receivable by de-dispersing the signal and pointing a high gain radio telescope dish at Proxima b the received signal may contribute information about any orbiting planets.

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