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A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, August 2016
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Title
A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri
Published in
Nature, August 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature19106
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Authors

Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Pedro J. Amado, John Barnes, Zaira M. Berdiñas, R. Paul Butler, Gavin A. L. Coleman, Ignacio de la Cueva, Stefan Dreizler, Michael Endl, Benjamin Giesers, Sandra V. Jeffers, James S. Jenkins, Hugh R. A. Jones, Marcin Kiraga, Martin Kürster, Marίa J. López-González, Christopher J. Marvin, Nicolás Morales, Julien Morin, Richard P. Nelson, José L. Ortiz, Aviv Ofir, Sijme-Jan Paardekooper, Ansgar Reiners, Eloy Rodríguez, Cristina Rodrίguez-López, Luis F. Sarmiento, John P. Strachan, Yiannis Tsapras, Mikko Tuomi, Mathias Zechmeister, Anglada-Escudé, Guillem, Amado, Pedro J, Barnes, John, Berdiñas, Zaira M, Butler, R Paul, Coleman, Gavin A L, de la Cueva, Ignacio, Dreizler, Stefan, Endl, Michael, Giesers, Benjamin, Jeffers, Sandra V, Jenkins, James S, Jones, Hugh R A, Kiraga, Marcin, Kürster, Martin, López-González, Marίa J, Marvin, Christopher J, Morales, Nicolás, Morin, Julien, Nelson, Richard P, Ortiz, José L, Ofir, Aviv, Paardekooper, Sijme-Jan, Reiners, Ansgar, Rodríguez, Eloy, Rodrίguez-López, Cristina, Sarmiento, Luis F, Strachan, John P, Tsapras, Yiannis, Tuomi, Mikko, Zechmeister, Mathias, María J. López-González, Cristina Rodríguez-López

Abstract

At a distance of 1.295 parsecs, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri (α Centauri C, GL 551, HIP 70890 or simply Proxima) is the Sun's closest stellar neighbour and one of the best-studied low-mass stars. It has an effective temperature of only around 3,050 kelvin, a luminosity of 0.15 per cent of that of the Sun, a measured radius of 14 per cent of the radius of the Sun and a mass of about 12 per cent of the mass of the Sun. Although Proxima is considered a moderately active star, its rotation period is about 83 days (ref. 3) and its quiescent activity levels and X-ray luminosity are comparable to those of the Sun. Here we report observations that reveal the presence of a small planet with a minimum mass of about 1.3 Earth masses orbiting Proxima with a period of approximately 11.2 days at a semi-major-axis distance of around 0.05 astronomical units. Its equilibrium temperature is within the range where water could be liquid on its surface.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 5%
France 3 1%
Canada 3 1%
Germany 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Other 4 2%
Unknown 206 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 74 31%
Researcher 47 20%
Student > Bachelor 36 15%
Student > Master 21 9%
Student > Postgraduate 13 5%
Other 49 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 144 60%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 21 9%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 19 8%
Chemistry 11 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 3%
Other 38 16%

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