Proxima Centauri b could be a highly habitable planet. Credit NASA
A highly habitable exoplanet in our neighbourhood - science news space

We hear about new exoplanets being discovered almost daily, but how habitable are they after all? Using computer models similar to those used to study climate change on Earth, researchers looked at the habitability of Proxima Centauri b, the closest exoplanet, located “just” 4.2 light-years from us. The study showed that, under a wide range of conditions, this planet can sustain enormous areas of liquid water on its surface, potentially raising its prospects for harboring living organisms. “The major message from our simulations is that there's a decent chance that the planet would be habitable," said Anthony Del Genio, the lead author of a paper describing the new research.

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Scientific publication: Astrobiology