Nasa finds "Chilled Out" Star

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    Nasa Finds Chilled Out Star

    This is reportedly the "coolest" star ever found, with a surface temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

    I'm not up on all the details here, but I find myself wondering if a star like that could be colonized directly. If the surface temp is 80 degrees, why not build something on the surface?

    The biggest issue I think would exist would be Gravity. I find myself wondering what the gravitational force is that is acting on a person on the surface.

    Otherwise, wow. Imagine having a home on the surface of the star.
     
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    I imagine it would be hard to stand or build foundations on, since a star is entirely made of plasma. Plasma isn't known for it's solidarity.

    Nonetheless, this is pretty neat.
     
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    I doubt that a 80 F there'd be any plasma. Brown dwarfs are failed stars that produce heat, but never quite got to the plasma stage
     
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    The gravity on the surface would be enormous though. No human could stand that force. An automated device might be able to do some really cool experiments/discoveries there though if the surface was solid enough. If not, it would be awesome to send the probe through the surface for as long as it could survive. I would imagine that the conditions would be worse than Jupiter though so that would not be the easiest thing to do...
     

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