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UR: Orbit Perturbations of Habitable Zone Planets Due to Inner Planetary Companions

18 Apr 2021, 16:00 UTC
UR: Orbit Perturbations of Habitable Zone Planets Due to Inner Planetary Companions
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Meredith VogelMissouri State University

Meredith Vogel is in her last semester at Missouri State University studying Physics and Astronomy. She completed this research with Dr. Sarah Morrison at Missouri State University and is funded by a NASA- Missouri Space Grant.What makes a planet habitable? A habitable planet needs to have a rocky surface, be far enough away from its host star for it to support liquid water on its surface, and lastly, have a stable climate. My research is looking to better define a habitable zone planet; specifically, with orbit changes due to other planets in the system. A planet’s orbit can change due to other planets because of gravitational forces between them. If a neighboring planet is massive and close in orbit to the planet in question, the orbit of that planet is more likely to go through changes over time. ...

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