Artist's illustration of a young red dwarf stripping away a planet's atmosphere

Violent outbursts of seething gas from young red dwarf stars may make conditions uninhabitable on fledgling planets. In this artist's rendering, an active, young, red dwarf (right) is stripping the atmosphere from an orbiting planet (left). Scientists found that flares from the youngest red dwarfs they surveyed — approximately 40 million years old — are 100 to 1000 times more energetic than when the stars are older. They also detected one of the most intense stellar flares ever observed in ultraviolet light — more energetic than the most powerful flare ever recorded from our Sun.

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NASA, ESA, and D. Player (STScI)

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Id:opo1846a
Type:Artwork
Release date:19 October 2018, 14:57
Size:3840 x 2160 px

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