Another day of awesome astronomy news – astronomers confirmed the discovery of a new exoplanet. One that is Earth-sized, in the habitable zone and only 4.24 light-years away! This is the closest exoplanet we know of by far orbiting our closest neighbouring star, Proxima Centauri.
Exciting, but hold on to your rocket boosters for now, as we don’t know if it has water, essential for life (as we know it) and 4.2 light years is still a long way away, so not necessarily any alien neighbours that we know of – yet. Head to the Nature article to learn all about our new neighbour, Proxima Centauri b and the Astronomy Magazine gives a great synopsis of what the discovery means.
Still want to know more though? Head to the CAASTRO stand on the Scienceworks Lower Ground Floor and meet our galactic sponsors and find out about some of the amazing astronomy done here in Australia. They will have lots of astronomy information, astronomy origami, videos and the best reason to stop by, a heap of astrophysicists who can answer all of those other questions you have about all things astronomy and cosmology. You may also have some questions about the Capturing the Cosmos planetarium show, or just want to say how good it is. And don’t forget to grab the famous CAASTRO ruler before they all disappear – they are a ruler AND a timeline of the Universe, what more could you want??
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