Habitable Zones & Global Climate

Giant Planets: Good Neighbors For Habitable Worlds?

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
April 9, 2018
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Giant Planets: Good Neighbors For Habitable Worlds?
Extrasolar Planets

The presence of giant planets influences potentially habitable worlds in numerous ways. Massive celestial neighbors can facilitate the formation of planetary cores and modify the influx of asteroids and comets towards Earth-analogs later on.

Furthermore, giant planets can indirectly change the climate of terrestrial worlds by gravitationally altering their orbits. Investigating 147 well characterized exoplanetary systems known to date that host a main sequence star and a giant planet we show that the presence of ‘giant neighbors’ can reduce a terrestrial planet’s chances to remain habitable, even if both planets have stable orbits. In a small fraction of systems, however, giant planets slightly increase the extent of habitable zones provided the terrestrial world has a high climate inertia. In providing constraints on where giant planets cease to affect the habitable zone size in a detrimental fashion, we identify prime targets in the search for habitable worlds.

Nikolaos Georgakarakos, Siegfried Eggl, Ian Dobbs-Dixon
(Submitted on 6 Apr 2018)

Comments: Published in ApJ,(2018),856,155
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1804.02183 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1804.02183v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Nikolaos Georgakarakos Ph.D.
[v1] Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:05:39 GMT (6671kb,D)

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