What If Scientists Found Life on Closest [potentially Earth-like] Planet Proxima b?
This likely means that Proxima b is tidally locked, with one side
always facing the star, Coustenis said. “So on one side, you will have
high temperatures, and on the other side it is very cold,” she added.
“And the question is: Can it maintain an atmosphere?”
Red dwarf stars also go through periods with strong solar flares and
magnetic storm activity that could scorch any planets in close orbits
and make the evolution of life very difficult, she said. [Video: Proxima Centauri’s Alien Planet Closer Than You Think — With Right Spacecraft]
“I think it would have to be a different kind of life than we have on
our own planet, because it would need to emerge and to develop under
very different conditions,” Coustenis said.
let us hope so…