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QMUL research shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2017

A research paper by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) announcing the discovery of the nearest potentially habitable planet to the Solar System has been shortlisted for The Guardian University Awards 2017.

Friday 10 March 2017


‘A terrestrial planet candidate in a temperate orbit around Proxima Centauri’, which was published in the journal Nature in August 2016, has made the final three for the Research Impact category.

The study, led by Dr Guillem Anglada-Escude from QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy, details the discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun.

The project, known as Pale Red Dot, involved a team of 30 scientists from eight countries, and suggested the planet, called Proxima b, may be the closest possible home for life outside the Solar System.

The announcement made front page news in the International New York Times, The Washington Post and O Globo as well as featuring in broadcast and other print media around the world.

Winners of the Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 29 March at LSO St Lukes, an 18th-century Grade 1 listed Hawksmoor church in Old Street, London.  

For media information, contact:

Rupert Marquand
Public Relations Officer
Queen Mary University of London
email: r.marquand@qmul.ac.uk

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