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John Reyes
John Reyes • 1 year ago

Smartest Aliens May Live Around Red Dwarf Stars : Discovery News -- The scientists say the best place buy real estate for long-term habitability is around a red dwarf star. A planet can remain cozy for advanced life for a stretch of time that is five times greater than for Earth.

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