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1 Gliese 581 planetary system Image by Lynette Cook

2 “If the local stellar neighborhood is a representative sample of the galaxy as a whole, our Milky Way could be teeming with potentially habitable planets.” S. S. Vogt et al. (2010) The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M  planet in the habitable zone of the nearby M3V star Gliese 581. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 723, p

3 Gliese 581 system ebc g gdf

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5 Gliese 581: luminosity = Sun; ~8 Gyr; ~20 light years away

6 Earth Mercury g S. S. Vogt et al. (2010) The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M  planet in the habitable zone of the nearby M3V star Gliese 581. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 723, p

7 Gliese 581 planetary system S. S. Vogt et al. (2010) The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M  planet in the habitable zone of the nearby M3V star Gliese 581. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 723, p

8 Gliese 581 system ebc g? df Modified after … Selsis F. et al. (2007) Habitable planets around the star Gliese 581? Astron. Astrophys., 476, p

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10 Gliese 581g Gliese 581 (M3V) Image by Lynette Cook

11 Does this equation look familiar?! S. S. Vogt et al. (2010) The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey: A 3.1 M  planet in the habitable zone of the nearby M3V star Gliese 581. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 723, p


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