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Earth-like planet could be within reach in the star system next door

Astronomers have located a rocky planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, which is only 4.25 light-years away, Universe Today reports. The planet orbits in the “habitable zone,” meaning it could have liquid water and support life, according to the German weekly Der Spiegel. This should be exceptionally good news for the folks behind Breakthrough Starshot, who plan to send laser-driven spacecraft to neighboring star systems to search for alien life in the next couple decades.

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