Earth sized planet found orbiting nearby star

  Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri

Artist's impression of the planet orbiting Proxima Centauri

We know there are planets orbiting other stars - we have been detecting them for 20 years.

Today it was announced that a planet which is Earth - sized (not necessarily Earth-like) is orbiting Proxima Centauri - one of the closest stars to our Sun - at a distance of only 4.5 Light Years.

Read more about it here:

Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Closest Star

NASA - Finding Habitable Exoplanets