posted on Apr, 25 2007 @ 12:30 PM
raill76 , I agree its exciting & red dwarf stars are still on the tabel in the search for life but they do present problems.
- planets in the habitable zone are so close they would be tidally locked to the star like our moon is to earth. This means the planet does not rotate
one side would be permanent daytime the other permanent night. Also red dwarfs are very active and solar flares pose a massive risk to life.
BUT we truely dont know what the effect is. Recent computer models suggest if the planet has a slightly thicker atmosphere with more co2 its possible
for the heat to be transfered around the dark side giving an overall nice tempreature.
Others say the side in permanent day would just get fried over million of years and the dark side would freeze. :/
Im optimistic just becuase theres so many of them and life is adaptable.
A civilization could be on a planet around a dwarf star and look at our Sun and think "wow a planet around that star would be subjected to a
relentless day/night cycle & the planet would be on a tilt making it unstable- life could never exist there!" but they would be wrong! Im not
ruling them out yet
[edit on 25-4-2007 by yeti101]