Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri (annotated)

This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image. Proxima b is a little more massive than the Earth and orbits in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, where the temperature is suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.

Credit:

ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Image

Id:eso1629j
Type:Artwork
Release date:24 August 2016, 19:00
Related releases:eso1629
Size:8000 x 5196 px

About the Object

Name:Proxima b
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:Exoplanets

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