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Red dwarf stars found to be three times more numerous than previously thought

Lots of Stars

Using the most sophisticated equipment available, astronomers have discovered that small, dim, red dwarf stars are far more plentiful than previously thought. They're so prolific, in fact, that the actual number of stars in the universe is likely to be three times bigger than estimated.

And more stars boosts the number of planets orbiting them, which elevates yet further the possibility of finding a planet with environmental factors that could support life. The recently discovered exoplanet that some astronomers believe could support life, Gilese 581g, orbits a red star.

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