Cocktail Astronomy | Hello Proxima b

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week we would like to welcome our newest and nearest exoplanet neighbor, Proxima b. That's right, scientists recently confirmed the discovery of Proxima b, an Earth-like planet in the Alpha Centauri system. Alpha Centauri, long thought to be one star but actually a trio of stars including the binary stars Alpha Centauri A and Alpha Centauri B, as well as a third red dwarf star, Proxima Centauri.

Though many Earth-like exoplanets have been identified, the proximity of Proxima b and the fact that it is in the habitable or 'Goldilocks' zone is what makes this discovery so exciting. The best news is that is Proxima b resides in the habitable zone of it's start which means liquid water could exist. If you have liquid water, then you can have, yes...ice cubes for cocktails!

Cocktail pairing: nothing but the best champagne for our new neighbors, cheers! We'll bring a welcome to the galaxy gift right over ;-)

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Artist impression of Proxima b. Image credit: ESO/Kornmesser

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SeanChron | Nina Garcia in Marie Claire: On Thin Ice

I haven't been this excited and inspired about what the role the fashion industry can play in shaping a sustainable future since H&M launched their 'Sustainable Style' campaign.

Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire Magazine and judge extraordinaire of Project Runway, recently visited Alaska to see effects of climate change on glaciers first hand. The full article appears in the September issue of Marie Claire and the online article with multiple media elements is available here: On Thin Ice: Can the Fashion Industry Help Save the Planet?

What she experiences is life changing and what she shares about the role the fashion industry can play in helping address climate change is certain to be industry changing.

Below is the teaser video:

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Ancient petroglyphs revealed in Hawaii. Image credit: Hawaii Department of Land & Natural Resources

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
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Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto take NASA space quiz. Image credit: NASA

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Orbital ATK rocket booster. Image credit: Orbital ATK.

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