Habitable zone

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A star's habitable zone is the region in which a terrestrial planet of the right size could have a surface temperature that might allow for liquid water and potentially life. [1]

For example, if a star much similar our Sun has a lifetime of one million years and temperature of 6094K. Its habitable zone lies within 1.02AU and 1.49AU. [2]


  1. Bennet, Jeffrey, et al. "Life Around Stars." The Essential Cosmic Perspective. 4th ed. San Francisco: Pearson Education, Inc., 2008. 508-13.
  2. "Exploring the Habitable Zone and Central Star", CADRE design Pty. Ltd.
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