Proxima Centauri was discovered by in august 2016, and is located over 4.2 billion light years, it’s the closest planet found out side our solar system in 20 years, it also sits perfectly in the habitable zone, where its not too hot nor too cold, for water to exist, which is one of the big conditions for a planet.
due to the distance it is from our planet, it makes it hard to identify if theirs any signs of life.
James Manners from University of Exeter stated:
“One of the main features that distinguishes this planet from Earth is that the light from its star is mostly in the near infra-red,”
However a lot more research and work is required before they fully understand if this planet can host life.
Facts and Information
Mass: 0.123 ± 0.006
Radius: 0.141 ± 0.007