Where is Proxima B?

  • Released Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:12AM
  • ID: 4780

This animation shows where Proxima Centauri B can be located in the Southern sky. It starts with a view of Earth and the camera moves to a view of the Southern sky, revealing the star constellations. Proxima Centauri is then highlighted and we quickly fly to it. Eventually, the planet unwraps into a flat plane showing a potential planetary surface without clouds.

Proxima B, the nearest exoplanet to Earth (only four light years away), is located in the Southern sky just south of Centaurus and left of the Southern Cross.


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio


This visualization is based on the following papers:
  • https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017arXiv170902051D/abstract