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Dwarf stars

  1. Jul 18, 2010 #1
    How hard is it to detect stars say of a tenth the solar mass, I know it depends on the distance of course, but how frequently do we spot these kind of stars ,moreless?
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  3. Jul 19, 2010 #2
    Hi there,

    As star in the primo sense is an object that emits light. Therefore, it should not be to hard to detect stars, even small ones.
  4. Jul 19, 2010 #3


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    If you look at this list of the 100 nearest stars, over 50% have <0.20 solar masses. These types of stars are quite common, but become difficult to detect as they get further away because they are intrinsically so dim.

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  6. Jul 20, 2010 #5


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    The vast majority of stars are believed to be M class, or lower mass. These tiny furnaces will outlive our own sun by many billions of years.
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