Doing research for a game and trying to understand the implications of the stellar flares from YZ Ceti. In short (ignoring the planets for now), if people were to build large space stations of various types (O'Neil cylinders, hollowed out asteroids, etc.), do the YZ Ceti flares pose a significant danger to them? If so, what would be the frequency and scale of such danger?

Better still, what reliable sources can I consult and how would I interpret them so I can figure this out on my own? I'm getting tired of searching and finding the Kerbal Space Program forums.

  • $\begingroup$ I'd start by tracking down all the reference papers listed at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YZ_Ceti . You haven't stated whether you're more interested in total insolation effects (energy disaster) or just magnetic & high-energy photon damage. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Dec 3 '18 at 19:30
  • $\begingroup$ Further, given the extremely short orbital periods of planets b,c,d, I'm betting they are tidally locked, so just put your digs on the dark side of the planets. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Dec 3 '18 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ Question is too broad. Fortunately there is an extensive Wikipedia page which it is unnecessary to repeat here. YZ Cet certainly fits into the type of star considered there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitability_of_red_dwarf_systems $\endgroup$ – ProfRob Dec 3 '18 at 20:23

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