Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

  • More on the prospects for life on KOI-172.02

    In my last post, I talked about why I think KOI-172.02 is uninhabitable. But in the words of The Dude,

    And… in a way, it is just my opinion. KOI-172.02 sits in a bit of a “grey area” where we can’t *absolutely* rule out habitability, but it’s habitability depends on the planet being different from Earth in important ways.

    The habitable zone calculations I was basing my analysis on assume the planet absorbs incoming radiation about as efficiently as the Earth does. But it’s possible that a planet would absorb *less* energy than Earth. That could