STATES CHRONICLE – NASA has recently announced discovering seven new exoplanets which might be habitable ones due to the fact that they appear to look like our planet. The new planetary system revealed is formed of 7 Earth-like planets which orbit around a star called Trappist-1. However, after all the excitement, Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist has some bad news.
He argued that Trappist-1 is a red dwarf star and it might have contaminated the planets surrounding it with electromagnetic particles and plasma, transforming them into uninhabitable planets. Even if everyone who heard the news from last week was thrilled, specialists should have stated the whole truth from the beginning.
Scientists should have informed us that these planets which orbit around Trappist-1 might be contaminated with plasma coming from their star’s bursts. Being a small star, it keeps on generating energy. The new star revealed is not as hot as our Sun. Red small stars are known to be extremely turbulent, especially on their surface.
They are consistently delivering plasma particles at a very high speed. Tyson claimed that scientists are trying to develop all necessary calculations regarding these spewing events, which for us, in our Solar System, they are known as solar winds. Spewing could irradiate the atmosphere of a planet. Thus, it is most likely that the seven new exoplanets have their atmosphere affected by these solar winds and plasma dejection.
They might as well reached to be entirely stripped from atmospheres billions of years ago. However, Tyson noted that there is a slight chance that there might be life on one or all these planets. When planet Proxima b was revealed orbiting around Proxima Centauri, everybody wondered if this planet is habitable or not.
Scientists wanted to determine what kind of alien life might live there and how long it might take us to confirm the existence of life there. What is more, researchers also calculated how long it might take us to get there. Unfortunately, Proxima b is also known to orbit a red dwarf star. Based on the data provided by NASA, Proxima Centauri enables ultraviolet radiation from superflares which happen every two hours, and the X-ray torrents are unbearable.
This red dwarf star and its parent star are at a similar distance from one another with the distance between Earth and the Sun. Life on Proxima b could not survive.
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