Scientists at Marseilles Astrophysics Laboratory in France have used computer simulations to calculate some size and surface details about our nearest exoplanetary neighbour. Normally analysis of an exoplanets dimensions is done using measurements in its host stars brightness as the exoplanet transits across in front of it from Earths perspective. However, no such transit has occurred with Proxima Centauri b as of yet. So instead the team in Marseille had to rely on computer simulations. And those simulations seem to predict that Proxima Centauri b is covered in liquid oceans.
Posted: Thu 06 Oct 2016