Habitable Zone (artist’s impression)

Life as we know it depends on liquid water. This not-to-scale artist’s impression shows the small area around a star where liquid water can exist, the so called habitable zone. On planets closer to their parent star water evaporates, as shown on the inner of the three planets. If a planet is too far away from its star, the water on the surface gets frozen — as on the outer planet in this animation.


ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

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Release date:15 December 2016, 15:00
Related announcements:ann1617
Duration:20 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System



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