Huge stellar flare may be the last straw for hopes of life on Proxima b

When it was first discovered in 2016, Proxima b looked like a prime spot to hunt for extraterrestrial life. Just four light-years away, this Earth-sized exoplanet orbits within the habitable zone of its red dwarf parent, Proxima Centauri, leading astronomers to suspect that liquid water, and by extension life, could exist on its surface. Unfortunately, more recent studies have painted a bleaker picture, and now the final nail in the coffin could be a huge stellar flare detected last year, which would have baked the surface of the planet…
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