Exoplanets & Exomoons

Possibilities of Life Around Alpha Centauri B

By Keith Cowing
January 12, 2014
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Possibilities of Life Around Alpha Centauri B
Extrasolar planet

We make a preliminary assessment on the habitability of potential rocky exoplanets around Alpha Centauri B.

We use several indexes: the Earth Similarity Index, a mathematical model for photosynthesis, and a biological productivity model. Considering the atmospheres of the exoplanets similar to current Earth’s atmosphere, we find consistent predictions of both the Earth Similarity Index and the biological productivity model.

The mathematical model for photosynthesis clearly failed because does not consider the temperature explicitly. For the case of Alpha Centauri B, several simulation runs give 11 planets in the habitable zone. Applying to them above mentioned indexes, we select the five exoplanets more prone for photosynthetic life; showing that two of them in principle have better conditions than Earth for this kind of life.

Antolin Gonzalez, Rolando Cardenas, John Hearnshaw (Submitted on 10 Jan 2014)

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Other Quantitative Biology (q-bio.OT) Journal reference: Rev. Cub. Fis. 30, 81 (2013)

Cite as: arXiv:1401.2211 [astro-ph.EP]

(or arXiv:1401.2211v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history From: Rolando Cardenas [view email] [v1] Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:29:54 GMT (122kb)

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