[ prok-suh-muh ]
/ ˈprɒk sə mə /
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.
The Letter B Once Had A Much Longer NameThe letter B was part of the Phoenician alphabet more than 3000 years ago in 1000 BCE. At that time, the letter was called beth and looked a little different, but it made the sound of b and was second in the alphabet. The shape of the letter resembled the floor plan of a house, and the word beth meant “house.” This is pictured below. In Hebrew, the letter was called beth, bet, or bayt which also …
Origin of Proxima Centauri
< New Latin: nearest (star) of Centaurus
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Science definitions for proxima centauri
[ prŏk′sə-mə sĕn-tôr′ē ]
See under Alpha Centauri.
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