Funny that they call them "alien planets", as if planets around suns are anomalies. All types of suns, red dwarfs included produce, give birth to planets (all planets are habitable [all planets are not desirable places to be but that's another story]). A cherry tree with hundreds of branches doesn't produce a single cherry on one branch, why would a galaxy with billions of stars (branches) only produce one or two cherries (planets). The beings that created the cherry trees also created galaxies and filled them with suns, planets and a whole host of other yet to be discovered (by humans) stuff. We humans (many of us) are not all that fascinated (blown away), with what we can see in the heavens (stars, galaxies, black holes and numerous other stellar bizarre attractions, a curious shortfall most of us share while in our present state of existence, and looking cool, wearing our shades (blinders), because the future is too bright to see. It will take being in space before most people begin to appreciate the endless wonders that the gods have created...just for our pleasure.
By by Mike Wall, Senior Writer 4 hours ago
Astronomers have detected eight new exoplanet candidates circling nearby red dwarf stars, which make up at least 75 percent of the galaxy's 100 billion or so stars. Three of these worlds are just slightly bigger than Earth and orbit in the "habitable zone," the range of distances from a parent star where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.