Now Humanity Feels the Tug of Proxima b, Too

It's good to be skeptical, but it's also nice to see rumors confirmed by real and exciting  announcements: the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced today the detection of an exoplanet orbiting the nearby star Proxima Centauri. At a minimum mass 1.3 times that of the Earth's, Proxima b might be a rocky world. With an orbit of 11.2 … Continue reading Now Humanity Feels the Tug of Proxima b, Too

Regarding Rumors of Earth-Like Planet Orbiting Proxima Centauri

We've been here before: the media gets wind of a possible discovery made by a long-running science project and before there is a peer-reviewed scientific paper published and a press conference, speculation runs wild. In the age of social media, gossip spreads at the speed of the share, and in this digital game of telephone, the … Continue reading Regarding Rumors of Earth-Like Planet Orbiting Proxima Centauri