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14
Jul
2016
14
Jul
2016

Are tidally locked exoplanets more habitable than we once thought?

Graphic displaying the atmospheric processes at work on a simulated exoplanet with a surface friction similar ...

A team of researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Flanders, Belgium, has discovered a link regarding the level of friction between an exoplanet's lower atmosphere and the surface of tidally-locked exoplanets, and their potential for supporting life. The study focuses on exoplanets orbiting M dwarf stars, a class of stellar bodies significantly smaller and dimmer, yet much more common than Sun-like stars.

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