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dc.contributor.authorRushby, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorClaire, M.
dc.contributor.authorOsborn, H.
dc.contributor.authorWatson, A.
dc.identifier.citationRushby , A , Claire , M , Osborn , H & Watson , A 2013 , ' Habitable Zone Lifetime of Exoplanets around Main Sequence Stars ' , Astrobiology , vol. 13 , no. 9 , pp. 833-849 .
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:D4134E0E534D6A95EA73898A0EBAFCF2
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-9518-089X/work/34103249
dc.descriptionFunding: Dean's Scholarship at the University of East Anglia.en
dc.description.abstractThe potential habitability of newly discovered exoplanets is initially assessed by determining whether their orbits fall within the circumstellar habitable zone of their star. However, the habitable zone (HZ) is not static in time or space, and its boundaries migrate outward at a rate proportional to the increase in luminosity of a star undergoing stellar evolution, possibly including or excluding planets over the course of the star’s main sequence lifetime. We describe the time that a planet spends within the HZ as its ‘‘habitable zone lifetime.’’ The HZ lifetime of a planet has strong astrobiological implications and is especially important when considering the evolution of complex life, which is likely to require a longer residence time within the HZ. Here, we present results from a simple model built to investigate the evolution of the ‘‘classic’’ HZ over time, while also providing estimates for the evolution of stellar luminosity over time in order to develop a ‘‘hybrid’’ HZ model. These models return estimates for the HZ lifetimes of Earth and 7 confirmed HZ exoplanets and 27 unconfirmed Kepler candidates. The HZ lifetime for Earth ranges between 6.29 and 7.79 · 109 years (Gyr). The 7 exoplanets fall in a range between ∼1 and 54.72 Gyr, while the 27 Kepler candidate planets’ HZ lifetimes range between 0.43 and 18.8 Gyr. Our results show that exoplanet HD 85512b is no longer within the HZ, assuming it has an Earth analog atmosphere. The HZ lifetime should be considered in future models of planetary habitability as setting an upper limit on the lifetime of any potential exoplanetary biosphere, and also for identifying planets of high astrobiological potential for continued observational or modeling campaigns.
dc.subjectExoplanet habitability metricsen
dc.subjectContinuously habitable zoneen
dc.subjectStellar evolutionen
dc.subjectPlanetary habitabilityen
dc.subjectQB Astronomyen
dc.titleHabitable Zone Lifetime of Exoplanets around Main Sequence Starsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Earth and Environmental Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Isotope Geochemistryen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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