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Bad space weather may make life impossible near Proxima Centauri – The Conversation US

We observed a powerful flare and a huge burst of radio waves from our nearest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri, indicating violent space weather around the star….

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If you look up in the southern sky you can see the pointer stars, pointing towards the Southern Cross. One of these pointers is Alpha Centauri, which is actually a pair of Sun-like stars that are too close together to tell apart by eye.
There is a third member of the Alpha Centauri system as well: Proxima Centauri (Proxima Cen for short), which circles the central two stars in a wide orbit. This is the Suns nearest neighbour, at a distance of just 4.2 light years.
It is possible one of Proxima…

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