Monday, January 30, 2017

Binary Systems HD 41004 and HD 196885 Have Trojan Points Capable of Supporting a Habitable Exoplanet


Schwarz et al


Approximately 60 percent of all stars in the solar neighbourhood (up to 80 percent in our Milky Way) are members of binary or multiple star systems. This fact led to the speculations that many more planets may exist in binary systems than are currently known. To estimate the habitability of exoplanetary systems, we have to define the so-called habitable zone (HZ). The HZ is defined as a region around a star where a planet would receive enough radiation to maintain liquid water on its surface and to be able to build a stable atmosphere. We search for new dynamical configurations - where planets may stay in stable orbits - to increase the probability to find a planet like the Earth. Therefore we investigated five candidates and found that two systems (HD 41004 and HD 196885) which have small stable regions.

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