There is this setting I wish to use of a planet tidal locked to a red dwarf, in a Goldilocks/habitable zone/distance, that gets turned into, mostly, a desert due to a coronal mass ejection or a solar flare from its star.

I know these solar events take out electrical devices if strong enough but I was wondering....

Can they also heat up a planet to the extent of turning it to a desert? And how fast could a coronal mass ejection from a red dwarf turn a planet into a desert? Decades, centuries, millennium?

Thank you for your time.

  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site, Tosk. Does this question about the same topic answer your question? $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Jan 9, 2019 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Frostfyre and indeed it does ^^ $\endgroup$
    – Tosk
    Jan 9, 2019 at 15:26
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for confirming. We like to keep repeat topics neatly connected, so I've flagged this question as a duplicate of the other. If you have other questions, feel free to create a separate post to address them. Enjoy your time with us! $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Jan 9, 2019 at 15:41


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