Habitable Zones & Global Climate

The Habitable Zone of Kepler-16: Impact of Binarity and Climate Models

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
February 20, 2018
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The Habitable Zone of Kepler-16: Impact of Binarity and Climate Models

We continue to investigate the binary system Kepler-16, consisting of a K-type main-sequence star, a red dwarf, and a circumbinary Saturnian planet. As part of our study, we describe the system’s habitable zone based on different climate models.

We also report on stability investigations for possible Earth-mass Trojans while expanding a previous study by B. L. Quarles and collaborators given in 2012. For the climate models we carefully consider the relevance of the system’s parameters. Furthermore, we pursue new stability simulations for the Earth-mass objects starting along the orbit of Kepler-16b. The eccentricity distribution as obtained prefers values close to circular, whereas the inclination distribution remains flat. The stable solutions are distributed near the co-orbital Lagrangian points, thus enhancing the plausibility that Earth-mass Trojans might be able to exist in the Kepler-16(AB) system.

S. Y. Moorman, B. L. Quarles, Zh. Wang, M. Cuntz
(Submitted on 21 Jan 2018)

Comments: Accepted by: International Journal of Astrobiology; 30 pages, 11 figures, 8 tables
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:1802.06856 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1802.06856v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Manfred Cuntz [view email]
[v1] Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:32:21 GMT (1418kb)

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