Proxima Centauri has a second confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

Jun 04, 04:07 AM
Photo: Español: Posición de Alfa Centauri.

The position of Alpha Centauri (Rigilkent, Rigel Kentaurus, Toliman)


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Proxima Centauri has a second confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet. Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/second-exoplanet-confirmed-orbiting-proxima-centauri/


Proxima Centauri has been in the news frequently since 2016, when scientists including McDonald Observatory’s Michael Endl found its first planet, Proxima Centauri b. The discovery incited speculation on the types of in-depth studies that could done on an extrasolar planet so close to our own solar system.

Adding to the excitement, earlier this year a group led by Mario Damasso of Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) announced they might have found another planet orbiting Proxima Centauri farther out.  This group used radial velocity observations, that is, measurements of the star’s motion on the sky toward and away from Earth, to deduce the possible planet (dubbed Proxima Centauri c) orbits the star every 1,907 days at distance of 1.5 AU (that is, 1.5 times the distance at which Earth orbits the Sun).