Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
  1. Prime Day Deals 2021
    04:05 Deals

    Prime Day deals 2021: See hundreds of Amazon’s best deals right here

  2. Prime Day Deals
    11:01 Deals

    Check these early Prime Day deals with prices so low, it’s like Amazon made a mistak…

  3. Best Prime Day Apple Deals
    05:37 Deals

    Best Prime Day Apple deals: AirPods Pro, MacBook Air, and more

  4. Fire TV Stick Prime Day Deal
    15:07 Deals

    Oops! Did Amazon’s $18 Fire TV Stick Lite deal just show up early?

  5. Best Prime Day Apple Deals
    05:37 Deals

    Best Prime Day Apple deals: AirPods Pro, MacBook Air, and more

There may be a hidden planet orbiting a nearby star

January 27th, 2020 at 8:08 PM
super earth

Besides the Sun, the nearest star to Earth is a big flaming orb known as Proxima Centauri. As far as we know, there’s at least one planet orbiting the star, which astronomers have named Proxima Centauri b, but a new study suggests that the known exoplanet around the star might not be flying solo.

According to the study, which was published in Science Advances, a planet now known as Proxima Centauri c may also be hanging out around the star. Even more exciting, scientists think that the planet orbits its star at a distance of around one astronomical unit, which is the distance between the Earth and the Sun, suggesting that it may be temperate.

It’s important to note that, at the moment, astronomers can’t say for certain whether or not the planet exists. Based on their observations the researchers believe the planet to be quite large, but rocky, like Earth. This would-be “Super Earth” would be around six times the mass of our own planet, making it several times larger than Proxima Centauri b.

The scientists made their discovery by observing how Proxima Centauri moves. When a star has objects in its orbit, those objects cause the planet to wobble ever so slightly. Astronomers can detect this wobble, and perform calculations to determine what kind of a planet might be responsible for it.

The idea of a “Super Earth” orbiting the closest star to our Sun is obviously quite exciting. However, it’s still far too early to know if the planet hosts life, or if it’s even habitable. Going forward, additional research campaigns will be needed to confirm that the second planet exists and, if it does, what it might be like on the surface.

Mike Wehner has reported on technology and video games for the past decade, covering breaking news and trends in VR, wearables, smartphones, and future tech.

Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

Popular News