This week a team led by Dr. Guillem Anglada-Escudé, an astronomer at Queen Mary University of London, reported in Nature the discovery of a potentially habitable planet orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri.
Quoting Dr. Anglada-Escudé:
“We know there are terrestrial planets around many stars, and we kind of expected the nearby stars would contain terrestrial planets. This is not exciting because of this. The excitement is because it is the nearest one.”