New exoplanet candidate found in the habitable zone of the closest star system


As some of you might know, astronomers have recently detected (through direct imaging) a gas giant exoplanet candidate in the habitable zone of Alpha Centauri A.

This is the study:

For those interested, I made a video-analysis suggesting the possibility of existing a habitable exomoon around that gas giant candidate:

Would you prefer to have a habitable exomoon or a habitable exoplanet in Alpha Centauri?

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All things being equal, an exoplanet in the Goldilocks zone and not tidally locked to its star would be far more likely to be habitable then an exomoon orbiting a gas giant because of tidal locking and the extreme weather it would generate.

If there are any habitable planets or moons in the Alpha Centauri system I would be surprised though because we’re dealing with a trinary aka triple star system and some interesting orbital mechanics. :thinking:

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