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  1. #1 Calculating the Habitable zone. 
    Forum Freshman Martian_Monkey's Avatar
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    I was just curious, how do you calculate the habitable zone of a star?

    Sorry if this has been asked. I did search, I swear.


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    There's a decent article on wiki about it. Have you read that?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habitable_zone


    Also, within the External Links section of that page was another nice link (the Notes section here has a formula):

    http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclo...H/habzone.html



    TBH, I'm not too clear on the calculation, so the above is where my assistance ends. I hope it helps, but if you have further questions please ask them and perhaps a member more knowledgeable than myself can assist.


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    I have read the Wikipedia page but the other was new to me and Even better, it has a formula to calculate HZ. It appears thought that we are not even sure if we are correct about tthe Habitable zonee of our own sun so this formula is mainly just a guide line evidently.

    Thanks.
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    couldnt the habitable zone be different if the liquid catalyst was say, liquid methane
    "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
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    and also, some jovian moons may have liquid water oceans beneath the surface crust because of tidal forces from the nearby gas giant.

    Also, imo, I could imagine that a planet larger than earth with a molten core, a thicker atmosphere and more water than earth, and a very large moon, could also have liquid water below an ice crust even if that planet was much farther away.
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