Episode Title

Strange New Worlds

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Series Title

Walkabout the Galaxy

Keywords

habitable zone

Contributor

Brooke Enison

Disciplines

Astrophysics and Astronomy | Physics

Description

A system of seven Earth-sized planets has been observed orbiting a (relatively) nearby star. At least three of these planets are in the habitable zone, or as Top Astroquark Jim Cooney would say, the haBITable zone. That's where there may be liquid water on the surface of the planet. The star for these planets is tiny and not so hot, so the planets are huddled around it like campers around the embers of a dying fire. Tune it for that plus: Star Wars! Note to Star Wars and Star Trek: next movie have some planets that are, like these, so close to their star that they have synchronous rotation, with a permanent dayside and a permanent nightside!

Date Created

2-28-2017

Item Type

Podcast

Type

article

Length of Episode

33:00

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