red dwarf habitability

Even the Calmest Red Dwarfs are Wilder than the Sun

There's something menacing about red dwarfs. Human eyes are accustomed to our benevolent yellow Sun and the warm light it…

2 weeks ago

Do Red Dwarfs Provide Enough Sunlight for Plants to Grow?

A new study has shown the photosynthesis can take place on planets orbiting Red Dwarfs.

4 weeks ago

Earth-Sized Planet Found At One of the Lightest Red Dwarfs

Astronomers have found another Earth-sized planet. It's about 31 light-years away and orbits in the habitable zone of a red…

2 months ago

Are Planets Tidally Locked to Red Dwarfs Habitable? It’s Complicated

Astronomers are keenly interested in red dwarfs and the planets that orbit them. Up to 85% of the stars in…

3 months ago

Could Life Survive on Frigid Exo-Earths? Maybe Under Ice Sheets

Our understanding of habitability relies entirely on the availability of liquid water. All life on Earth needs it, and there's…

4 months ago

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…

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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…

2 years ago