NASA’s TESS Introduces Us to Our Planetary Neighbors

Interestingly, the star TOI 700 appears to be relatively quiet compared to other small stars. Red dwarf stars are known for their roiling magnetic activity and outbursts of radiation, which could be harmful to life as we know it and might even strip a planet of its atmosphere. However, over the period of 11 months that TESS watched this star, it did not flare once. While this bodes well for potential habitability, it doesn’t guarantee that the star didn’t flare more often during its youth.
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