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I'm working on a game which takes place in space. My team and I want to create a solar system generator for the game.

We have selected 8 types of stars:

  • White dwarf
  • Red Dwarf
  • Binary
  • Super Red
  • Proto star
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Blue

But we are wondering how many planets can each star type support on average, and what are the minimum and maximum number planets for each kind? Is there any such study suggesting number of planets that stars of different mass could support?


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closed as unclear what you're asking by TildalWave, Joan.bdm, Donald.McLean Jun 15 '14 at 0:11

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I'm not sure your question makes much sense. For one, you're mixing several stellar classifications (e.g. by mass, by spectral type, by stellar dynamics, by their evolutionary stage,...) in your selection. And I don't recognize some, is "Super Red" supposed to be a red giant? And how is "Protostar" a star? The rest will also be difficult to answer with statistics (min, max, average), since we're barely scratching the surface, so to speak, with exoplanetary census. BTW minimum will always be 0. ;) – TildalWave Jun 12 '14 at 14:14
I don't think there is any theoretical limit how many planets can orbit a celestial object. – this Jun 12 '14 at 15:49
I need some clarification. What do you mean by protostar? A molecular cloud with a core of increased density or a T Tauri type star? When you ask for data on White, Yellow, and Blue stars, do you mean main sequence, giant, or all of that color? I already have the data on white and red dwarfs for you. – called2voyage Jun 12 '14 at 16:07
Assuming every star is a planetary system and that the data we currently have applies across every planetary system in the galaxy (both big assumptions), a white dwarf would have on average 1.1 planets (min 1, max 6), and a red dwarf would have on average 1.4 planets (min 1, max 6). As others have pointed out, our data is really limited so these numbers aren't really a good representation. Check out this catalog: – called2voyage Jun 12 '14 at 17:05
Super red stars lol. Must be shy stars – Py-ser Jun 13 '14 at 2:19