The life puzzle: The location of land on a planet can affect its habitability

Astronomers have identified substantial differences in surface temperature, sea ice and water vapor across a planet's surface

The work will be presented on Monday 11 July at the National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2022

Many planets are tidally locked to their stars such that one side of the planet is always facing away

This creates permanent day and night sides of the planet where the all energy received from the star is focused on the dayside.

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the atmosphere and oceans need to redistribute some of the energy received from the star to the nightside of the planet.

The study models the net precipitation, cloud fraction, and surface temperature across the dayside of the planet f

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