The closest star system is Alpha Centauri. To reach Alpha Centauri with current technology, it would take 165,000 years! In 2016, scientists announced the discovery of a rocky and temperate exoplanet orbiting the smallest star of the system, Proxima Centauri. The habitability of this planet, Proxima Centauri b, has not yet been established, but scientists speculate that the massive solar flares emitted by Proxima Centauri may make the planet incompatible with life. However, that is only life as we know it – it is possible that UV-resistant organisms have developed on Proxima Centauri b.
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