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Bad space weather may make life impossible near Proxima Centauri – Space.com

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This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
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…

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