In the midst of all the 100 billion stars in our universe, the one closest to us might just be one that supports alien life, if reports of a new discovery are to be believed.

A newly-spotted planet in our galactic neighbourhood might have the right conditions for life, according to reports.

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is expected to make the announcement tomorrow at 6pm BST (1pm ET)

Earlier this month, reports surfaced of scientists having spotted a planet, which is believed to be ‘Earth-like’, orbiting the star Proxima Centauri, the nearest stellar neighbour to our sun.


The researchers were due to unveil the discovery before the end of this month and apparently believe it orbits its star at a distance that could favour life – the so-called habitable zone, claimed German weekly Der Spiegel.

At the time, ESO spokesman Richard Hook said he was aware of the report, but refused to confirm or deny it.

‘We are not making any comment,’ he said.

ESO has now broken its silence and announced that it will be holding a press conference tomorrow

No mention was made as to the subject of the press conference or who would be in attendance.

But it has been assumed the purpose will be to address the question that has been on people’s minds.


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