Habitable moons around extrasolar giant planets

@article{Williams1997HabitableMA,
  title={Habitable moons around extrasolar giant planets},
  author={D. M. Williams and J. Kasting and R. Wade},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1997},
  volume={385},
  pages={234-236}
}
  • D. M. Williams, J. Kasting, R. Wade
  • Published 1997
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Possible planetary objects have now been discovered1–9 orbiting nine different main-sequence stars. These companion objects (some of which might actually be brown dwarfs) all have a mass at least half that of Jupiter, and are therefore unlikely to be hospitable to Earth-like life: jovian planets and brown dwarfs support neither a solid nor a liquid surface near which organisms might dwell. Here we argue that rocky moons orbiting these companions could be habitable if the planet–moon system… CONTINUE READING
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