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Proxima Centauri

[ prok-suh-muh ]

noun

  1. the nearest star to the sun at a distance of 4.3 light-years, part of the Alpha Centauri triple-star system located in the constellation Centaurus.


Proxima Centauri

/ prŏksə-məsĕn-tôrē /

  1. See under Alpha Centauri


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Proxima Centauri1

< New Latin: nearest (star) of Centaurus
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Example Sentences

Proxima Centauri is a small star called a red dwarf—it’s around 15 percent of the radius of our sun, and it’s substantially cooler.

She was using a telescope that detects light at millimeter wavelengths to monitor Proxima Centauri and saw a big of flash of light in this wavelength.

On April 21, 2021, a team of astronomers published new research describing the brightest flare ever measured from Proxima Centauri in ultraviolet light.

Even traveling at this dizzying speed it would still take us four years to arrive at Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun.

“We thought that Proxima Centauri would be a great sort of laboratory for understanding these phenomena,” says lead author Andrew Zic, who undertook the research while at the University of Sydney.

They desired, they hoped, they petitioned to be the first to make the long, hard journey to Alpha and Proxima Centauri in rockets.

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