Exoplanets & Exomoons

Life on a Tidally-locked Planet

By Keith Cowing
May 8, 2014
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Life on a Tidally-locked Planet

A tidally-locked planet in its orbit around a star keeps the same face towards the star. This happens when the rotation period of the planet around its own axis becomes equal to its revolution period around the star.

Many questions then arise. What gives rise to a tidal locking? Are there any tidally-locked planets somewhere? What will be the atmospheric system of a tidally-locked planet? Could life be sustained on a tidally-locked planet? What will be a sort of DAY in the life of a denizen of a tidally-locked planet? We dwell on these questions.

Ashok K. Singal (Submitted on 5 May 2014)

Comments: 6 pages, 2 figures

Subjects: Popular Physics (physics.pop-ph); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP) Journal reference: Planex Newsletter, Vol. 4, Issue 2, 8 (2014)

Cite as: arXiv:1405.1025 [physics.pop-ph]  (or arXiv:1405.1025v1 [physics.pop-ph] for this version)

Submission history From: Ashok Singal [v1] Mon, 5 May 2014 00:37:36 GMT (297kb)

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