Mini-Neptunes Near M Dwarf Stars May Transform into Rocky Habitable Worlds

January 29, 2015 1:59 PM

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Two phenomena that are known to actually inhibit the habitability of planets may actually help chances for life. Scientists have found that tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity may promote life on certain planets orbiting low-mass stars.

Most of the stars in our galaxy are low-mass stars, also known as M dwarfs. These stars are smaller and dimmer than our own sun, which means that planets must orbit closer to them in order to be within the so-called "habitable zone." Because astronomers believe that in the coming years they'll find ...

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