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Scientists confirm discovery of new potentially habitable planet

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A number of researchers have presented evidence that the planet Proxima B is now the closest habitable planet to Earth.

Proxima B is in orbit to Proxima Centauri, the sun which is nearest to our own.

According to CNN, Proxima B is roughly 4.2 light years away and about 1.3 times the size of Earth which a mostly rocky surface.

It is not known what the atmosphere of the planet is comprised of, if anything at all.

There are plans to further explore the planet and gather more research with programs like Mission Centauri and Starshot.

Both of these programs have plans to launch either telescopes or nanoprobes which could reach the planet in about 20 years.

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