A NASA illustration of what a red dwarf star looks like

A NASA illustration of what a red dwarf star looks like

Well that’s a shame.

We are pretty sure there are many, many, many Earth-like planets out there in the universe, but it would have been nice to find some in our neighborhood.

Take Barnard’s Star for instance. It’s the fourth closest start to Earth at just six light-years away. It’s a star that, theoretically, technology could advance to the point that man could send a ship there in our lifetime.

Unfortunately, there won’t be much to see. A recent report indicates that there are no signs of habitable planets in the Bernard system.

It’s dumb luck. Bernard’s Star is a small red dwarf that we would think provides a temperate, calm, and stable environment for Earth-twins. In fact, scientists believe potentially habitable plants exist around roughly 40 percent of red dwarfs. We just caught a lousy one.