Aliens on Proxima b may have beed OBLITERATED by huge solar flare | Science | News


Since the planet’s discovery in 2013, scientists had hoped Proxima b would be able to support life due to its favourable conditions.

The planet, which is a staggering 40 trillion kilometres, or 4.25 lightyears away, and orbiting Earth’s closest star Proxima Centauri, is situated in its solar system’s “goldilocks zone” meaning it is not too far, or too close to its host star – making the conditions for life just right.

But a huge solar flare from Proxima Centauri may have just wiped out any life that was living on the planet which scientists have dubbed a second Earth due to its similarities with our planet.

During the massive solar flare, Proxima Centauri was a staggering 1,000 times brighter than usual for a period of 10 seconds.

Meredith MacGregor, lead author of the new study published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, of the Carnegie Science Institute said: “March 24, 2017 was no ordinary day for Proxima Centauri.

“It’s likely that Proxima b was blasted by high energy radiation during this flare.

“Over the billions of years since Proxima b formed, flares like this one could have evaporated any atmosphere or ocean and sterilised the surface, suggesting that habitability may involve more than just being the right distance from the host star to have liquid water.”

The study also put to bed earlier suggestions from scientists who believed there was a huge layer of dust orbiting the star.

Last year, experts from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC), Granada, Spain, believed they found evidence of the supposed dust which could have eventually formed into planets.

But the new research found there was no such dust.

Alycia Weinberger, a co-author of the study, said: “There is now no reason to think that there is a substantial amount of dust around Proxima Cen.

“Nor is there any information yet that indicates the star has a rich planetary system like ours.”



Source link

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Russia news: Moscow is working on a LASER CANNON to OBLITERATE space debris | Science | News
Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Is Literally Raining Gemstones Now, And We Want Some
Volcanic unrest around the world: eruptions at Fernandina island (Galapagos), Sakurajima (Japan), Klyuchevskoy (Russia) and Kilauea (USA)
Bud is now Category 4 hurricane, landfall expected over Baja California Sur late June 14 into 15
NASA news: Mars Opportunity rover lost in giant dust storm agency reveals | Science | News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *