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Out of this World: Naming Proxima B

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Scientists recently discovered a rocky planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. The planet, currently named Proxima b, made a splash last month because of the possibility it is home to liquid water, a prerequisite for life. Although “Proxima b” is a useful handle if you need to know the planet’s location, the gravity of this discovery requires a more distinctive moniker. It’s time to think of some out-of-this-world names!

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