red dwarf habitability

Earthlike Worlds With Oceans and Continents Could be Orbiting red Dwarfs, Detectable by James Webb

"Go then, there are other worlds than these." Or so Stephen King said in his famous Dark Tower series. As…

2 days ago

Life can Thrive Around Even the Smallest Stars

By simulating the light of small stars, we now know life can survive on planets orbiting them.

1 week ago

Astronomers Look at Super-Earths That had Their Atmospheres Stripped Away by Their Stars

A new study examines two rocky exoplanets (TOI-1634b and TOI-1685b) that appear to have been stripped of their atmospheres.

12 months ago

Good News! Red Dwarfs Blast Their Superflares out the Poles, Sparing Their Planets From Destruction

The stellar flares of red dwarfs are mostly directed from their poles, which is good news for potentially habitable planets.

1 year ago

A Recent Megaflare Shows that Proxima Centauri is not a Nice Place to Live

A new international research effort observed a massive solar flare from Proxima Centauri, which indicates (yet again) that its not…

1 year ago

Even older red dwarf stars are pumping out a surprising amount of deadly radiation at their planets

Most of the potentially habitable exoplanets we've discovered orbit small red dwarf stars. Red dwarfs make up about 75% of…

2 years ago

Beyond “Fermi’s Paradox” X: What is the Firstborn Hypothesis?

In this latest instalment, we explore the possibility that humanity is an early arrival to the Universe, and that intelligent…

2 years ago

Astronomers Thought They’d Found a Red Dwarf That Wasn’t Hostile to its Habitable Zone Planets. They Were Wrong

New research using Hubble archive data shows that GJ 887, the nearby red dwarf star system with two exoplanets, might…

2 years ago

How Did the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Get Their Water?

A new study by an international team of astronomers raises questions about the existence of debris belts around red dwarf…

2 years ago

The Perfect Stars to Search for Life On Their Planets

We tend to think of our Earthly circumstances as normal. A watery, temperate world orbiting a stable yellow star. A…

3 years ago