Mini-Neptunes can be altered into super-earths in the habitable zones of M dwarfs

January 31, 2015 4:14 AM

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Mini-Neptunes can be altered into super-earths in the habitable zones of M dwarfs

A recent study suggests that combining tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity provides enough potential to convert uninhabitable “Mini-Neptunes” to habitable locations. A team of researchers from the Washington University has made this observation.

“Mini-Neptunes” are the big planets with solid inner core and hydrogen atmospheres; they are present in the outer orbits. Low-mass stars in the galaxy are also known as M dwarfs. Researchers tend to study them more while looking for potential outer world places that would support life. Super Earths ...

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