Proxima b is a new planet, discovered by the European Southern Observatory. It seems that this planet is similar to Earth and it could support life. There were more researchers who said that Proxima b could be one of the best places to search for the microbial organism. This could be one of the most important discoveries, as researchers are trying for years to find another planet where life is possible.
This planet is located four light years away, which means that it is close to us. This would make easier for the astronauts to go there and discover more things about it. Proxima b has a mass 30 percent greater that our planet’s and it orbiting to its star, Proxima Centauri, every 11,2 days. What is more important is that it has the right temperature for water to exist on its surface. Researchers are trying to find out more details about this planet.
There are three things we need to make life possible on Proxima b. First of all, it should be a planet with a rocky surface. Moreover, water should be present. Although there is not an evidence of this, water can be found in many forms so this should not be a problem. Another important thing is the carbon dioxide. As Proxima b seems to have the same size as our planet, is possible that this molecule can be found there.
However, there are not a lot of chances for us to live on this planet, on that planet. There is still work to do and we should have more information about the properties of that planet. If NASA will involve in this project, there could be more chances to discover how good Proxima b could be for us.
Although it is at the right distance, it also needs atmosphere. Without it, people will not be able to live on that planet.
People have tried for years to discover planets that are similar to Earth. Proxima b seems to be the closest one to us, but there are still some issues we can’t solve at the moment. NASA wants to focus on Mars because it is easier for us to get there. If something happens to our planet, we do not have a second option. Would you move to another planet if you know you could live there?