Evaluating galactic habitability using high-resolution cosmological simulations of galaxy formation

  title={Evaluating galactic habitability using high-resolution cosmological simulations of galaxy formation},
  author={D. Forgan and P. Dayal and C. Cockell and N. Libeskind},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  pages={60 - 73}
Abstract We present the first model that couples high-resolution simulations of the formation of local group galaxies with calculations of the galactic habitable zone (GHZ), a region of space which has sufficient metallicity to form terrestrial planets without being subject to hazardous radiation. These simulations allow us to make substantial progress in mapping out the asymmetric three-dimensional GHZ and its time evolution for the Milky Way (MW) and Triangulum (M33) galaxies, as opposed to… Expand
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