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Astronomers have recently identified thousands of stars with planets, not to mention the number possibly mushrooming faster than ever, when waves of the next-gen telescopes come online. But the big question is: Where are the best locations to discover life? A newly published study concentrates on the most abundant category of stars in humans' Milky Way galaxy—the M-dwarf stars also called the red dwarfs and sends both good and bad news for astrobiologists.

Here's the good news: according to an article posted on Yahoo! News, the atmospheric chemistry's "3-D climate modeling can produce a more extensive assessment of the potential habitability of a planet." Basically, the habitable zone of a planetary system is described as the doughnut-shaped region that surrounds a star that gets the right amount of radiation to let the water stay in a liquid state, instead of having it frozen or boiled off.

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Category: Science