Chad Schimke

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

PROXIMA B

PROXIMA B - The closest rocky planet outside our solar system orbits Proxima Centauri. The star is a red dwarf, gravitationally locked to Alpha Centauri, in the Centarus constellation. The planet, Proxima B, orbits within the habitable zone and is 1.3 times the size of Earth. What’s interesting about that, you might ask? Known science tells us liquid water is essential for life, to be just close enough to the sun to remain liquid and not freeze. More will be constantly revealed, so expect telescopes scouring the night sky, for evidence of the chemical signals of life on Proxima B. We are technologically closing in on the ability to send interstellar probes there. High tech devices, travelling a percentage of light speed could reach the planet within 2 decades. Every great story begins with this question – what if? Imagine streaming pictures sent back from this strange world--what plants, insects, animals--from a distance of 4 light years after a decade’s long flight. This is the next step for mankind’s evolution, to send probes and eventually humans, to our planet neighbor. Looking outward past the Milky Way and into the great beyond. 














3 comments:

  1. I love those images. Space and astrology never fail to amaze me, and I'm totally with you on the 'what-if'. That has started many of my stories, too.

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  2. I'm a die hard Trekie and Star Wars fan. Love all things sci fi so love the images and I truly believe we are not alone.

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  3. Great article, images, and logic. Fascinating.

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