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Planet orbits sun's nearest neighbor: potentially habitable world detected around Proxima Centauri.
Earth might have a kindred planet orbiting the star next door. A world at least 1.3 times as massive as Earth appears to orbit the closest star to the sun: Proxima Centauri, a dim red orb about 4.2 light-years away.
Dubbed Proxima b, the planet is cozied up to its star, needing just 11.2 days to complete one orbit. But despite the proximity--just 5 percent of the distance from Earth to the sun--Proxima b is potentially habitable. Its temperature is just right for liquid water to flow...
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