In addition to the sun, the closest star to Earth, Proxima Centauri, is a giant “burning ball,”media BGR reported. At least one planet currently orbits the star, which astronomers named the neighboring star b (Proxima Centauri b). But a new study suggests that there may be more than one exoplanet orbiting the star.
According to the study, published in Scientific Progress, planets now known as neighboring star c may also orbit around stars. More excitingly, scientists believe that the planet orbits its star about an astronomical unit, suggesting that it may be a temperate planet.
It is important to note that at this time, astronomers are unable to determine whether the planet exists. Based on their observations, the researchers believe the possible planet is quite large, but like Earth is a rocky planet. This would be a “super-Earth”, about six times the mass of the Earth, making it several times larger than the next star b.
Scientists believe the planet may be possible by observing the motion of neighboring stars, which they confirmed by observing star swings caused by the gravitational drag of orbiting planets. Astronomers can detect this oscillation and calculate which planet may be the cause of the oscillation.