The Last Star in the Universe – Red Dwarfs Explained

The Last Star in the Universe – Red Dwarfs Explained

One day the last star will die and the universe will turn dark forever. It will probably be a red dwarf; a tiny kind of star. That’s also one of our best bets to find alien life, and might be the last home of humanity before the universe becomes uninhabitable. So, what do we know about them, and why are they our last hope? At least 70% of stars in the universe are red dwarfs. They are the tiniest stars out there, with only about 7 to 50% of the mass of our sun. Not that much bigger than our planet Jupiter, which is still huge though. They are also very dim. It is impossible to see them with the naked eye. You have never seen one in the night sky. Even with all our technology, we can only clearly observe red dwarfs in our neighborhood. Approximately 20 of the 30 stars close to earth are red dwarfs. Like all stars, red dwarfs fuse hydrogen into helium. But while more massive stars accumulate all the fused helium in their cores, red dwarfs stay convective, meaning that the helium and hydrogen constantly mix. So they use up their fuel incredibly slowly, before they are extinguished. Red dwarfs burn so slowly, that their average lifespan is between 1 and 10 trillion years by comparison, the Sun will survive for another 5 billion years Because the universe is only 13.75 billion years old not a single red dwarf has reached the later development stages Every single one of the trillions that exist is still a baby. Speaking of babies, the smallest star in the entire universe is also a red dwarf because small red dwarfs
are right on the verge of being a star at all. Just a tiny bit less hydrogen and
they are mere brown dwarfs: failed stars that cannot sustain a fusion reaction
for long. So what about aliens or a new home for Humanity? Since our Sun will die one day, we’ll eventually need to look for a new home and where there are habitable
planets, there might also be aliens. The Kepler space observatory found that at
least half of all red dwarfs host rock planets between half and four times the
mass of our Earth. Many of them are in the habitable zone — the area around a star where water can be liquid — but since red dwarfs burn at relatively
cold temperatures, a planet would need to be really close to be hospitable,
probably as close as Mercury to our Sun or even closer, which brings with it all
kinds of problems. For example, a planet this close to a star would probably be
tidaly locked, meaning the same side would always face it. This side would be
incredibly hot while the shadow side would be frozen, which makes it hard for
life to develop. Although a planet with a big enough ocean might be able to distribute the star’s energy and create some kind of stability. All the gravitation forces of a Red Dwarf could squeeze the planet and heat it up so much that it might loose all its water over time. These planets could end up like Venus, a hot burning hell. Another problem is that, many Red Dwarfs vary in their energy output They could be covered in star spots that can dim their emitted light by up to 40% for months Wich would cause oceans on planets to freeze over. At other times, they can emit powerful solar flares; sudden outbursts of energy incredibly powerful. These Red Dwarfs could double their brightness in minutes Wich could strip away sizable portions of a planet’s atmosphere and burn it, rendering its On the other hand, their extremely long life span is a big plus. A Red Dwarf with just moderate levels of activity, could be an amazing place for a planet that hosts life. Life on Earth has existed for about 4 Billion years And, we have about a Billion years left before the sun becomes so hot, that complex life on Earth will become impossible. We will either die out or leave Earth and look for a new home. We could build a civilization for potentially trillions of years, around a Red Dwarf with the right conditions. About 5% of the Red Dwarf in the Milky Way, may host habitable, roughly Earth sized planets. That would be more than 4 Billion in total. But, life may not even need a planet like Earth. Candidates for life around a Red Dwarf may be the moons of Gas Giants, also called Super Earths Really massive rocky planets. All alone, there are an estimated 60 Billion potentially habitable planets around Red Dwarfs. And, that’s in the Milky Way alone. So, Red Dwarfs might become really important for our survival in the future But, everything has to die at some point, even Red Dwarfs. When in Trillions of years, the life of the last Red Dwarf is about to end, it will not be a very spectacular event. As its hydrogen runs out, it shrinks, becoming a Blue Dwarf, burning out completely. After its fuel is spent, it’s transformed into a White Dwarf, an object about as small as Earth Packed very densely and made of degenerate gasses, mostly of Helium-4 nuclei. Having no more source of energy, it will cool extremely slowly over trillions of years. Until it becomes its final form: A cold Black Dwarf. White and Black Dwarfs are so fascinating, that they deserve their own video. Anyway.. It’s going to be a long time before the last in the Universe vanish It’s kind of uplifting to know that, if humanity succeeds in venturing into Space We have plenty of time, before the Universe turns out the lights. Our videos are made thanks to your support on, if you want to help us make more of them We really appreciate your support 😉

100 thoughts on “The Last Star in the Universe – Red Dwarfs Explained


  2. Teacher universe: You have only billion year left for your exam?
    Earth/humans: damn, i shouldnt have slept during class for 4 bill. year

  3. If we Humans wanted to survive for long and let our species thrive as long as possible then we shouldn't waste time. Fighting against one another should be set aside. If we only have one goal then it's possible that our species can live longer.

  4. we know the rules of the universe that nothing…lasts forever.
    that include darkness, changes will always happen..we just dont know what that change is..yet.

  5. The big bang was huge it nearly created about 200 about 188 universes are created. Damn, thats huge
    About 1 universe die about trillions of years so yeah we got more time

  6. One day, when the sun dies, humanity will have to look for a new home. Anyone taking bets if we will make it anywhere near such a far future? Btw amazing channel and videos guys.

  7. remember…i pray for jesus that i trade Soul so if i die.i can get a galaxy,So ill make that spiral galaxy slowdown its consuming gas so i can rule it for trillion of Years…
    rather to be a stupid liar

  8. Trappist 1 is a red dwarf then…. We move 100 -500 light years away to Trappist -1
    I might take ~500,000,000-1,000,000,0 years
    And extinct to ~10 to 90 trillions of years to a quadrillion years!!!!!!

  9. It sounds extremely arrogant to think that our species is going to outlive the sun. Who do people think they are?

  10. Red dwarf : humanity’s last hope
    White dwarf : humanity’s last hope
    Black hole : humanity’s last hope

  11. Screw planets, a Red Dwarf is the PERFECT star for a Dyson's Sphere. It wouldn't have to be as big as around other stars, and we could set the distance perfectly from the star so that tidal lock like a planet would be under in it's livable zone wouldn't be an issue, it could be temperate all "year" round. the livable area of such a structure would be enough for trillions of inhabitants. We could Terraform the interior as we pleased. The vast energy collected could be used to protect the sphere from interstellar objects.

  12. The sun was once a kid , then it became a successful star, not like failed stars. It founded a company called Solar System.

    When the sun was a child, it was bullied by jupiter. But now jupiter is a failed star and now works for the sun.

  13. Wait, what about white dwarfs? I remember seeing a video on this channel saying that white dwarfs could be the last light before darkness…

  14. there are so much stars in the universe like the sun ceres and various others thats not the last star but i liked ur video

  15. I do hope mankind dies with the sun and does not get to infect other planets…….basically man is a violent greedy stupid infection…….nothing special and the universe will not miss us

  16. New stars are born from a supernova and yeah I know when some stars collapse they turn into black holes but it is about a 60% 40% wich means that more stars proplbalny born daily

  17. I thought sun would last 5 billion years at least from here. But if it really is one billion then it makes finding a big enough timer easier

  18. Isn't there a possibility for another big bang? Surely the universe can do it again, guaranteeing another trillion years of light.

    I mean, the stuff the stars exist of doesn't just disappear, right?

  19. If descendants of humans, go to the stars and settle around red dwarfs, they may have time to figure out a way to crash brown dwarfs or other marginal mass objects together to make more red dwarfs.

  20. Kurzgesagt: We will die soon
    Me: what?
    Kurzgesagt: watch every single one of my vids.
    Me: There are millions of way to die…
    Me: * brain explodes *
    Kurzgesagt: he knew to much.

  21. I feel that by the time we go over to red dwarfs we'll be advanced enough to create objects out of thin air, as we'd be billions and billions of more years advanced.
    Due to that, we'd be able to build planets, and stars.
    And if that isn't possible, humanity could find a way to escape this universe, and hop to the next one.

  22. Oh my god that rose gave me serious goose bumps… I've got a lot of memories from my childhood connected to this book and I absolutely love the story

  23. 2:50 "Which means this side would be incredibly hot, while the shadow side would be frozen, which makes it hard for life to develop." – You have no proof for this. And it really doesn't make any sense. There is no reason why life could not (or would be hard for it) to develop on a tidally locked planet to its parent star. To the contrary, I think it could be even easier for life (NEEDS DEFINITION) to develop on a tidally locked planet.

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