Researchers have studied several stars similar to the Sun and determined that there is a higher likelihood of discovering advanced extraterrestrial civilizations near certain of them, reports Phys.
Scientists first discovered a planet orbiting a Sun-like star called 51 Pegasi in 1995. New observations of this star, published recently, suggest that the current magnetic environment around it may be particularly favorable for the development of complex life.
When stars similar to the Sun appear, they usually have a high speed of rotation around their axis.
As a result of their high rotation rates, Sun-like stars generate strong magnetic fields, resulting in constant streams of charged particles and harmful radiation directed at neighboring planets.
However, over billions of years, the star’s rotation gradually slows down, a phenomenon called magnetic braking occurs. It is noted that with a decrease in rotation speed, the magnetic field of the star weakens.
It was previously thought that magnetic braking was an endless process, but new research is challenging this assumption.
Research suggests that the best place to search for life, including advanced life, beyond our solar system may be planets orbiting old and middle-aged stars.