Parent Stars May Strip Away the Atmospheres of Unprotected Planets with Solar Eruptions

April 13, 2015 1:45 PM

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The interplay between our closest star, the sun, and our planet is crucial for making Earth livable. Now, researchers have taken a closer look at the interplay between planets and stars, and have found that stars may actually rip oxygen from potentially habitable planets, making them unlivable.

Part of what protects our planet is its magnetosphere, a natural magnetic bubble that deflects coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and other particles hurled form the sun. Yet other planets, such as Venus, don't have this magnetosphere; on Dec. 19, 2006, the sun ejected a small, slow-moving puff of solar ...

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