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The Habitable Zone and Extreme Planetary Orbits

Kane, Stephen R. and Gelino, Dawn M. (2012) The Habitable Zone and Extreme Planetary Orbits. Astrobiology, 12 (10). pp. 940-945. ISSN 1531-1074. doi:10.1089/ast.2011.0798.

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The habitable zone for a given star describes the range of circumstellar distances from the star within which a planet could have liquid water on its surface, which depends upon the stellar properties. Here we describe the development of the habitable zone concept, its application to our own solar system, and its subsequent application to exoplanetary systems. We further apply this to planets in extreme eccentric orbits and show how they may still retain life-bearing properties depending upon the percentage of the total orbit which is spent within the habitable zone.

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Kane, Stephen R.0000-0002-7084-0529
Gelino, Dawn M.0000-0003-1274-2784
Additional Information:© 2012 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Submitted 1 December 2011; accepted 10 May 2012. Online Ahead of Print: October 4, 2012. The authors would like to thank Lisa Kaltenegger, Ravikumar Kopparapu, and Rene´ Demets for several useful discussions. We would also like to thank both the referees (Shawn Domagal-Goldman and anonymous) for their feedback, which greatly improved the manuscript. This research has made use of the Exoplanet Orbit Database and the Exoplanet Data Explorer at It has also made use of the Habitable Zone Gallery at
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Subject Keywords:Extrasolar planets; Habitable zone; Astrobiology
Issue or Number:10
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20121210-160159639
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Official Citation:Stephen R. Kane and Dawn M. Gelino. Astrobiology. October 2012, 12(10): 940-945. doi:10.1089/ast.2011.0798
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
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Deposited By: Jason Perez
Deposited On:12 Dec 2012 15:37
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