Space Weather & Heliophysics

Stellar Space Weather Effects On Potentially Habitable Planets

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
November 29, 2022
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Stellar Space Weather Effects On Potentially Habitable Planets
Habitable Planet And Its Host Star

Stellar activity can reveal itself in the form of radiation (eg, enhanced X-ray coronal emission, flares) and particles (eg, winds, coronal mass ejections). Together, these phenomena shape the space weather around (exo)planets.

As stars evolve, so do their different forms of activity — in general, younger solar-like stars have stronger winds, enhanced flare occurrence and likely more frequent coronal mass ejections.

Altogether, these effects can create harsher particle and radiation environments for habitable-zone planets, in comparison to Earth, in particular at young ages. In this article, I will review some effects of these harsher environments on potentially habitable exoplanets.

A. A. Vidotto (Leiden Observatory)

Comments: Accepted for publication in the International Astronomical Union Proceedings Series. This contribution is based on the review talk I gave at the “Focus Meeting 5: Beyond the Goldilocks Zone: the Effect of Stellar Magnetic Activity on Exoplanet Habitability”, at the IAU General Assembly in Busan, Rep. of Korea (Aug 2022)
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Cite as: arXiv:2211.15396 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2211.15396v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Aline Vidotto
[v1] Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:57:26 UTC (352 KB)

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