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I wouldn’t get too excited, Red Dwarf stars cook off atmospheres, if the orbiting planets are tidal locked such as this new exoplanet discovery (‘close by’ to our Solar System) which is most likely tidal locked to it’s host star. The chances for advanced life are very slim. The distance at 2o% the speed of light (Breakthrough Starshot small interstellar probes) would equate to 20 years + to reach the star and it’s planet. For conventional spaceflight, depending on an almost unlimited amount of combustion fuel it would take 80,000 yrs to reach the binary stars. All the while Space is an inhospitable and deadly environment for life (high frequency electromagnetic radiation), so apart from the constant gamma ray bombard – any object moving at a higher percentage within the speed of light will be decimated by cosmic dust and micro meteorites.
“Astronomers have discovered a roughly Earth-size alien world around Proxima Centauri, which lies just 4.2 light-years from our own solar system. What’s even more exciting, study team members said, is that the planet, known as Proxima b, circles in the star’s “habitable zone” — the range of distances at which liquid water could be stable on a world’s surface.
“We hope these findings inspire future generations to keep looking beyond the stars,” lead author Guillem Anglada-Escude, a physics and astronomy lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, said in a statement.”The search for life on Proxima b comes next.”