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Habitable zones, planetary mass and rotation

Post by Lazarus on 22nd April 2014, 2:18 pm

Kopparapu et al. "Habitable Zones Around Main-Sequence Stars: Dependence on Planetary Mass"
http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.5292

Wider HZ for more massive planets.

Including an updated online calculator giving values for 5 ME and 0.1 ME planets here

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Yang et al. "Strong Dependence of the Inner Edge of the Habitable Zone on Planetary Rotation Rate"
http://arxiv.org/abs/1404.4992

Slowly-rotating planets can be more habitable due to increased cloud coverage. Some potentially-interesting implications for Venus.
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