It's Life Jim, but Not as We Know It: The Prospects of Life in Titan's Seas
- Science & Technology
- SETI Institute, Mountain View CA
Exoplanets discovered to date show a wide range of orbital eccentricities; the angles between their spin equators and orbital planes are still quite unknown, but these "obliquities'' may range widely as well. Both eccentricity and obliquity can have profound effects on a planet's seasons, as well as on its cycle of night and day. Remarkable patterns of insolation occur on synchronously-rotating planets, and on those in other spin-orbit states, with implications for their climates, detectability, and habitability.
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