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James Webb Telescope May Detect Artificial Lights On Proxima b

  • Proxima b is the nearest exoplanet to Earth at about 4.2 light years away
  • The planet is likely tidally locked due to its close proximity to its red dwarf star
  • This ‘tidal locking’ means one side of the world always faces the red dwarf star
  • However, as the star is smaller than the Sun it is still within the habitable zone 
  • Astronomers say people on Proxima b may live on the dark side of the planet 
  • They would require bright lights or sunlight reflecting mirrors to illuminate them and the team predict this could be detectible by the James Webb telescope

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