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Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet – report

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The exoplanet orbits a well investigated star called Proxima Centauri part of the Alpha Centauri star system German weekly Der Spiegel says

In this artistic concept, Earth (left) is compared with Kepler-452b, which was announced last year as Earth's closest twin. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Russian billionaire, Hawking unveil plan to reach Alpha Centauri

Apr 13, 2016 - 7:42 AM

Billionaire Russian investor Yuri Milner and British cosmologist Stephen Hawking are are spearheading the Breakthrough Starshot team of scientists

AMBITIOUS PROJECT. Scientist and investor Yuri Milner holds up a prototype of the 'Star Chip,' a small robotic space craft that will enable intersteller space travel as he poses with Professor Stephen Hawking at the New Space Exploration Initiative 'Breakthrough Starshot' Announcement at One World Observatory on April 12, 2016 in New York City. Jemal Countess/Getty Images/AFP

Earth-sized planet found orbiting nearest star

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:06 PM

The planet swings close to the star Alpha Centauri B one of a triple star system that is 4 3 light years away which in cosmic terms is just next door to us

HELLO, NEIGHBOR. Artist’s impression of the planet around Alpha Centauri B. Image courtesy of ESO