THE STEPPENWOLF: A PROPOSAL FOR A HABITABLE PLANET IN INTERSTELLAR SPACE

@article{Abbot2011THESA,
  title={THE STEPPENWOLF: A PROPOSAL FOR A HABITABLE PLANET IN INTERSTELLAR SPACE},
  author={Dorian S. Abbot and E. R. Switzer},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={735}
}
  • D. Abbot, E. Switzer
  • Published 5 February 2011
  • Geology, Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Rogue planets have been ejected from their planetary system. We investigate the possibility that a rogue planet could maintain a liquid ocean under layers of thermally insulating water ice and frozen gas as a result of geothermal heat flux. We find that a rogue planet of Earth-like composition and age could maintain a subglacial liquid ocean if it were ≈3.5 times more massive than Earth, corresponding to ≈8 km of ice. Suppression of the melting point by contaminants, a layer of frozen gas, or a… 

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