Proxima Centauri’s Dust Belt Hints at More Planets

Our nearest neighboring star just got a whole lot richer as a system—and a whole lot weirder.

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, researchers from the European Southern Observatory announced … quite a few things, really. The biggest and brightest—literally—of their discoveries is a ring of icy dust around our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, that’s sort of like that system’s version of the Kuiper Belt.

The Kuiper Belt is a circumstellar disc of material tha

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