Earth-like planet found orbiting closest star to sun

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[Editor’s note: A while back, scientists announced that earth-like planets that could sustain life were far more common throughout the galaxy than we ever suspected. Today they tell us that there is one virtually right next door, orbiting the star closest to our own star system – a short hop in galactic terms. This newly discovered planet is called Proxima B and it is close enough that we could send a small unmanned craft to investigate. Exciting news for everyone who is interested in knowing if there is life out there. Perhaps more significantly, Proxima B could become the first stepping stone in man’s journey to explore the galaxy. Sadly, few of us alive today will get to find out what lies on Proxima B, if the current timescale for exploration is accurate. Ian]

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World Bulletin
Earth-like planet found orbiting closest star to sun

An international team of astronomers announced Wednesday they have discovered a rocky, Earth-like planet that might harbor life orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the sun.

The planet, designated Proxima b, is 4.22 light-years from Earth – essentially a celestial next-door-neighbor. At 40 trillion kilometers (25 trillion miles) away, it is easily the closest Earth clone ever found. If a small, unmanned spacecraft were launched in the next few years, it could reach Proxima b by 2100; children living in 2016 would be alive to see the craft’s arrival.

Proxima Centauri is classified as a red dwarf star, meaning it is much smaller and colder than the sun. Even though Proxima b has an orbit closer to its home star than Mercury, Proxima Centauri’s cooler temperature leads scientists to believe liquid water could form on Proxima b’s surface.

A study of the discovery will be published Thursday in the journal Nature. Astronomers from the United States, Europe and South America worked on the project.

“The discovery of the potentially habitable planet around Proxima Cen is the culmination of 30 years of work,” study author Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution for Science said in a statement. “This work has resulted in the discovery of hundreds of planets around the nearest stars, and now a potentially habitable planet around the nearest star in the sky.”

By closely observing Proxima Centauri and other stars, researchers believe potentially habitable planets are actually fairly common in the universe.

“This work … points the way to the future when such planets will be directly observed with giant ground- and space-based telescopes,” Butler added.


The experience of living on Proxima b would be quite alien compared to Earth. The planet does not rotate, for example, so it does not experience days. It is also bombarded by ultraviolet radiation due to its proximity to Proxima Centauri, but life could still survive.


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Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Lets face facts people, rockets have been around for more than 86 years, and technology has not remained still. They show you rockets and tell you everything is years away and you are expected to swallow it year after year.

  2. I need help understanding, for a long time I have watched them discover planet after possible planet that may support life of some sort. But ! they are at such a distance we will never know for sure, our conventional rocket systems would be useless, taking hundreds if not thousands of years to get there. Which to me begs the question “Why are we even bothering to look? “, yes,finding these planets is a technological achievement but should we not be concentrating on colonizing the planets in our own solar system and the technology we discover by doing this will perhaps take us deep into the cosmos. Unless! the powers that be such as the much talked about Secret Space Program has the technology to reach these planets in seconds via Worm Holes or some sort of inter dimensional travel . Are these planetary discoveries for humanity or for an elite few ? something does not add up, after the Moon landings (if they happened) we should by now have been on the cusp of sending people to Mars not looking for Earth type planets we have no chance of reaching. To me, whoever is controlling our progress is holding back, Earth type planets are a deflection from some greater truth . Every time they find a new planet we clap our hands then put our heads back in the sand.

  3. The subtleties of what is and is not true and why all this is kept secret are not, I believe, well understood.
    But a commonly avoided fact is that the Remote Viewers, as well as other groups in the spiritual community, have technologies that would allow people to go almost anywhere (as bodiless beings), look at what’s there, and come back and draw a picture of it. You have 10 or a hundred people doing that, put all their data together, and the result would be a reasonably good idea of the “target” without any spacecraft, fancy communications systems, or 100 years of waiting. Apparently the “UFOs” operate on a similar basis. But we don’t even have to wait to get our hands on that technology to find out more about the universe. The technology to enable a being to go stably out of body and look at whatever it wants to look at is available right now.

  4. Yes Edward, my strong understanding is that we have already been there.

    Both Nazis and another German group had semi-independent Secret Space Programs (SSP) before, during & after World War II. U.S. collaborated with the Germans before & after WW2 (maybe ‘during’ too). Russia developed its own SSP — as have other nations (e.g., China).

    NASA is an admittedly U.S. military group, designed in part to hide what’s really happening in space. NASA = Never A Straight Answer.

  5. WE KNOW ABOUT THE SECRET SPACE PROGRAM…

    To Those Commenting Below — and to Others: Germans, U.S., Russians & other nations have a Secret Space Program (SSP) that does not rely on hydrocarbon propulsion systems.

    Every year, those outside these programs hold a Secret Space Program Conference to chip away at SSP technology & secrecy. Gaia TV is another good place to go for info.

    Gordon Duff, Dr. Preston James & VT others know more than those attending the SSP gig every year.

    Faster-Than-Light speeds & other transit modes are available. No need to wait a lifetime for this stuff.

    • I take the “UFO issue” and the Secret Space Program data very seriously. Though we can well imagine that the released data is being controlled, there is way too much of it from too many different sources to dismiss it out of hand. ET is found in human memory, in remote viewing studies, in contact stories and in classified government and corporate documents. The reality of this phenomenon is unavoidable. The various spins offered on ET agendas are another story.
      Ian is being very conservative in his reporting of this story, which is his habit.

  6. Explain to me how a jet engine or any other propulsion engine could take you anywhere in “space” or perfect vacuum. The engine need some kind of resistance in order to propel itself forward, in space there is no resistance, space would just absorb whatever particles the engine emit in order to move itself relative to the (missing) resistance.

  7. NASA knows about the UFOs. I have personally seen them doing incredible accelerations, and the military has been watching them with sophisticated observing equipment since the 50’s, originally to determine if they were Soviet back around the beginning of the Cold War. Since they figured out they weren’t Soviets, they wanted to gather as much information about them as they could, clandestinely, so they wouldn’t have to share that information with potential rivals. The Soviets did the same.

    Furthermore, things like the VASIMR engines are already in the works, and the technology already exists to have small nuclear power (fission) engines which would be capable of powering such a flight with constant acceleration.

  8. And if earth was a dollar (coin) and the moon was a quarter,
    then the sun would be a one foot disk at 300 meters away.

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