Scientists have discovered another possible planet orbiting a star near our sun. It is the third possible planet of its kind, which is present at a distance of only 4 light years from Earth. Astronomers said that there is evidence of another planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest constellation to our sun. This body is only one fourth of the size of the earth. This rock is the lightest of the exoplanets ever found.
The latest research was published Thursday in Astronomy & Astrophysics. This small and faint red-looking dwarf star is much smaller than our Sun. An Earth-sized planet has already been confirmed here. On this second possible planet has also been discovered. It is believed that these planets may have an atmosphere suitable for life.
Planet at a distance of 4 million kilometers from its star
The name of the newly discovered planet is Proxima d. It takes 5 Earth days to revolve around its star. This potential planet is located at a distance of 4 million kilometers from its star. The planet Mercury is closest to the Sun in our solar system and it takes 88 days to make one revolution. The first planet discovered in this solar system was named Proxima b.
Proxima b was confirmed to be found in the year 2020. It is the size of the Earth and completes the orbit of its star in just 11 days. According to scientists, this planet is at such a distance from its star where life can be born. This condition is also very good for liquid water on the surface of the planet, which is a necessary condition for life. Proxima d is very close to its star. The third planet is named Proxima c, which takes 5 years to orbit its star.