Flares From Proxima B’s Star Could Affect The Planet’s ‘Habitability’
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has just recently confirmed the discovery of a potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, a few light years away from Earth.
But researchers have discovered massive bursts of energy from Proxima b's red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri, and that the flares could be impacting the planet's atmosphere. According to the scientists, who detailed their findings in a study published in arxiv, these energy bursts might reduce the planet's ability to sustain life.
"We knew it would have flares, but we didn't realize it would be as riddled with flares as it is," James Davenport, a scientist at the Western Washington University in Bellingham, said in a report by New Scientist.