forum Red Dwarf Specs
Started by Zaxxar Gaqenov

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Zaxxar Gaqenov

I'm trying to create a planetary system around a red dwarf star (M-class). The problem is that I'm not sure of a good size for the star to keep the star's habitable zone far enough away to prevent stellar weather from interfering with the planet, while still having an M-class star (e.g. Youtuber Artifexian suggests 0.6 M☉ as a lower bound, but this is still a K star). This would be less of an issue if a space-faring civilization were to simply establish colonies here, but my intent is to create a planet where intelligent life can evolve naturally.

TL;DR: What is the smallest possible size for an M class star capable of harboring a life-sustaining terrestrial planet?
Thanks in advance!

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The smallest possible size for a red dwarf star is about half a solar mass.