Why are M dwarf stars the most active (in terms of starspots and faculae) of all stars?


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The magnetic activity is driven by a dynamo that relies on a combination of rotation and convection.

M dwarfs have large convection zones or are fully convective beyond spectral type M4. They also have much longer spin-down timescales than G- and K-dwarfs; billions of years rather than tens of millions of years.

This means that a large fraction of cool M dwarfs are rotating fast and have deep convection zones.

This is the basic reason, but it is still a very busy research area.


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