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What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 20:36
by Watsisname
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I think the present moment is not special, and similar or even greater flares surely happened throughout Proxima's history.  So if there was life on Proxima b it must be quite hardy and used to such events.  Or if life there would be extinguished by this event then it was never habitable in the first place.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 03 Mar 2018 19:55
by Spacer
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yeah and also probably the planet has little to no atmosphere because of proxima radiation 

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 03 Mar 2018 20:09
by Cantra
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Proxima B is probably a mars like world, or it is a hot steamhouse planet like Venus. I doubt there is life there.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 17:00
by Destructor1701
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Yeah, if this is a normal flare (or even a once-in-a-lifetime event), then Proxima B is toast, and the likelihood of life getting a foothold there just got way lower.

I suppose abiogenesis could still take place in deep-ocean lava vents if the conditions (oceans+volcanism) exist - the ocean would shelter the biome - but this flare has been described as "atmosphere-stripping", so the probability of the planet retaining a liquid ocean without it boiling off a few millennia after deposition declines now too.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 23:58
by Salvo
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I know that life around M-type stars (mostly flare stars) is considered very unlikely.  It orbits 20 times closer than earth relative to the sun, so any of these events you "fry" all the life present in there.
I was always been quite skeptic about life around Proxima Centauri.  I think the only type of stars that allows life to develop are K, G and F stars (with K being the most and F being the least), I also consider unlikely some forms of life in deep ocean for M stars, it is way harder to get things going in the right way "exactly in one of these points" rather than in all the area that the Earth had to develop life.  If it could potentially happen it surely requires much more time than it took on Earth to reach a proper stage of life, like those of multicellular, eventually more than the 4,85 Gyr of age it already has.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 05 Mar 2018 02:39
by Cantra
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When it comes to K type stars, they aren't known for massive flares (at least to my knowledge, I could be wrong). They still live alot longer than our sun, and planets don't have to orbit as close to them to be warm. So I think that K type stars are probably better for planets overall than M stars, less likely to be tidal locked.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 05 Mar 2018 02:50
by midtskogen
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I think the current astrophysical meaning of "habitable zone" makes it a term that shouldn't be used in communication.  A lot of stars probably don't have one in the sense people will perceive the term.  I'm fine with the term as a term used in astrophysics, which already has terms with different meanings than ordinary language (like "metal").  But I think we could avoid much confusion if it could be named something more neutral like "temperate zone".

Considering that we can't rule out that life can exist on energy from geological processes, radioactive decay or tidal heating, it's not even strictly necessary for a planet to be in this habitable zone to support life, anyway.

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 09 Mar 2018 08:53
by alfa015
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good points, indeed active flare stars are a problem, but i think that if proxima b had a magnetic field stronger than earth, those flares wouldn't be much of a problem

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 02 Apr 2018 05:47
by sophiewilson0191
Real life Exoplanet. Is it safe?
(Habitable Exoplanet Discovered Close To Earth)
https://www.evolving-science.com/space/ ... arth-00495

What do you think about the super flare of the star Proxima Centauri?

Posted: 10 Apr 2018 12:48
by midtskogen
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Paper on Proxima Centauri superflare (summary: Proxima b surface = toast)

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 08:16
by ImThing2
who's excited for the upcoming James Webb Telescope?

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 05 Sep 2018 15:16
by Mosfet
There's a very nice visualization tool depicting potential exoplanets candidates here:
http://www.asterank.com/exoplanets
Overall, the main website itself has nice visual features regarding asteroids and dark matter.

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 05 Sep 2018 19:15
by Gnargenox
That's the coolest visualization I've seen in years!

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 26 Sep 2018 20:14
by NotADalek
*thread bump*
https://www.universetoday.com/140045/as ... dicted-it/

According to Tennessee University senior research scientist Gregory Henry, "Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A. Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in the publications 'Star Trek 2' by James Blish and 'Star Trek Maps' by Jeff Maynard."

Exoplanets news thread

Posted: 26 Sep 2018 22:14
by JackDole
NotADalek wrote:
Source of the post *thread bump*
https://www.universetoday.com/140045/as ... dicted-it/

According to Tennessee University senior research scientist Gregory Henry, "Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A. Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in the publications 'Star Trek 2' by James Blish and 'Star Trek Maps' by Jeff Maynard."

That's an 'old' news! ;)
N0B0DY wrote:
Source of the post Spock’s World Found! Astronomers Discover Actual Planet Vulcan

https://trekmovie.com/2018/09/19/spocks ... et-vulcan/