The hunt for another habitable planet has narrowed

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – According to a study by the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the most common star in our universe will not be able handle nearby planets that could host life.

In studying a planet orbiting an M-dwarf star 66 lightyears from Earth, researchers found no indication that the star could hold onto an atmosphere at all.

Disappointing, since scientists had been hoping the star would be able to host planets with atmospheres, potentially rich with carbon and perfect for the creation of life.

Since carbon molecules are considered the building blocks of life, a planet without them will unlikely be hospitable to living things.

In a statement, a planetary scientist says the findings quote “Don’t bode well for other types of planets orbiting M Dwarfs.”

 

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