Habitable Zones Near Red Dwarf Stars Smaller than Previously Thought
New research suggests that the "habitable zone" around certain kinds of stars is smaller than previously thought.
A newly published study reveals that habitable zones near red dwarf stars may be smaller than previously thought. The researchers believe that the exoplanets orbiting the red dwarfs may be mostly covered by icy crusts, save for somewhat lobster-shaped oceans on their day sides.
Alien planets circling the most common stars in the universe may often have strange lobster-shaped oceans on their surfaces, researchers in China now say.
These findings suggest the habitable zones where life as we know it might dwell around these stars is smaller than previously thought, scientists added.Despite the pace of discovery of planets outside our solar system, the likelihood of life elsewhere remains vanishingly small.