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orbit within the ecosphere of stars less massive than 0.72 solar mass. However, a new limit would be reached when the tides on the planet due to the primary reached a destructive level. If we assume that the destructive tide level is 20 feet, then the new lower limit on stellar mass would be 0.35 solar mass. The dynamic stability of a system near the limit would probably be quite difficult to assess and the evolutionary sequence of events leading up to such a situation would be difficult to reconstruct.
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