Constraining the Environment and Habitability of TRAPPIST-1

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
October 29, 2018
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Constraining the Environment and Habitability of TRAPPIST-1

The planetary system of TRAPPIST-1, discovered in 2016-2017, is a treasure-trove of information. Thanks to a combination of observational techniques, we have estimates of the radii and masses of the seven planets of this very exotic system.

With three planets within the traditional Habitable Zone limits, it is one of the best constrained system of astrobiological interest. I will review here the theoretical constraints we can put on this system by trying to reconstruct its history: its atmospheric evolution which depends on the luminosity evolution of the dwarf star, and its tidal dynamical evolution. These constraints can then be used as hypotheses to assess the habitability of the outer planets of the system with a Global Climate Model.

Emeline Bolmont
(Submitted on 26 Oct 2018)
Comments: 5 pages, 3 figures. Proceeding of the SF2A (Soci\’et\’e Fran\c{c}aise d’Astronomie et d’Astrophysique)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1810.11255 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1810.11255v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Emeline Bolmont
[v1] Fri, 26 Oct 2018 10:36:41 UTC (2,504 KB)

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