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Exo-Milankovitch Cycles. I. Orbits and Rotation States
Description: The obliquity of the Earth, which controls our seasons, varies by only ~2fdg5 over ~40,000 years, and its eccentricity varies by only ~0.05 over 100,000 years. Nonetheless, these small variations influence Earth's ice ages. Previous studies of the habitability of moonless Earth-like exoplanets have found that high obliquities, high eccentricities, and dynamical variations can extend the outer edge of the habitable zone by preventing runaway glaciation (snowball states). The authors of this journal article expand upon these studies by exploring the orbital dynamics with a semianalytic model that allows us to map broad regions of parameter space. [Source: Astronomical Journal]
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Source: Astronomical Journal
Publish Date: 2/1/2018
Reading Level: Expert
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