Monday, July 27, 2015

Within 38 Light Years, There are 18 Pre Main Sequence M Dwarf Stellar Systems With Transient Habitable Zones

Observations of exoplanets in time-evolving habitable zones of pre-main-sequence M dwarfs




It is recently proposed that planets in the habitable zones (HZ) of pre-main-sequence (PMS) M dwarfs are good targets for the detection of habitable environments. In this note we show that future ground-based telescopes will be able to observe planets in time-evolving HZ of PMS M dwarfs with duration 10–100 Myrs. Based on X-ray measurements, there are greater than 18 M0–M4 PMS stars within 10 pc, the characterization of potentially habitable exoplanets around which could provide highly valuable information regarding the evolution of habitable environments. There are tens of M dwarfs within 10 pc with X-ray to total luminosity ratios similar to that of the young Sun, the observations of potential planets around which could significantly improve our understanding of the physical states of early Solar System rocky planets.

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