Rory Barnes' Homepage
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrobiology Program at the University of Washington. I am also a member of NASA's Virtual Planetary Lab and the University of Washington's Big Data program. I study the habitability of exoplanets with astrophysical, geophysical, and atmospheric computer models.
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Is Proxima Centauri b, the closest exoplanet, a habitable world or otherwise similar to Earth? I wrote an article about it at the official blog of the discovery, Pale Red Dot. It's based on the scientific article The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b I: Evolutionary Scenarios, submitted to the journal Astrobiology. We conclude that the nearly 200 million years the star spent interior to the habitable zone (where Earth-like conditions are most likely) is the biggest difference between the Earth's and Proxima b's evolution.
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