I’ve put together a few images based on some of the recent papers coming out of our research group. Feel free to use them in your own presentations, but please keep in mind that these are a) massive files, b) my work, and should be attributed as such, and c) I would be very happy to supply you with the layered Photoshop images if you’d like to modify any of them more easily. Most of the solar system objects and the star fields are courtesy of NASA/JPL/APL/Arizona, while the exoplanet visualizations are the work done at UPR@Arecibo.
The habitable zone figure, highlighting the region around a star where liquid water could be stable on the surface of an Earth-like planet. Also called the ‘hunting zone’ (a name heard most recently from Franck Selsis).
The habitable zone, as a function of the host star’s temperature and the amount of starlight received by each planet.
This is a similar update to the temperature versus instellation plot seen above, but in terms of stellar mass and distance from the star to the planet.
These are the Habitable Zones for planets of different masses – note that the outer edge is essentially the same for all terrestrial-mass planets.
The ‘Venus Zone’ represents both confirmed and candidate exoplanets that are expected to have gone through a runaway greenhouse.
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