The End of the Habitable Zone: Lessons from the Solar System

Phenomena in the Solar System have shown that temperatures can be suitable for life at great distances from a star as a result of the action of various forms of  "insulation".   The forms of "insulation" include a solid surface, an ocean, and a greenhouse atmosphere.  It is interesting to note that there appears to be no plausible atmosphere which produces an "anti-greenhouse", a cooling effect.   The existence of insulation greatly extends the habitable zone.  In addition, with regard to the ubiquitous M-stars, the observed large fraction of extrasolar planets with substantial eccentriciti


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