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Proxima's Planet

P roxima is the nearest star to the Sun. It is a dim red dwarf, smaller than our Sun and a great deal fainter. Here we see it from Proxima b, a recently discovered exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf. To the right you can also make out Alpha Centauri, which is a binary star with two Sun-like components. The Alpha Centauri pair orbit each other quite closely, while Proxima orbits this pair much further out, forming a triple star system. I have exaggerated the brightness of the close binary pair for artistic reasons.

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Name: Proxima's Planet

Category: Stars & Nebulae, Exoplanets, Latest

Medium: 3DS Max, Photoshop

Date: 2016

Client: Personal

Tags: Proxima exoplanet landscape red dwarf star