Effects on Habitability from Nearby Neighboring Planets
This is an excerpt from my post on Astrobites:
Title: Dynamical considerations for life in multihabitable planetary systems
Authors: Jason H. Steffen and Gongjie Li
First Author’s Institution: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Status: Accepted to ApJ
We would all like to have good relations with our neighbors, but just how friendly are planetary neighbors? Could they make your life a disaster, or could they be your best friends? The authors of this paper explore two aspects of this neighborly relationship: 1) can a planet’s neighbor cause it to tip over more easily, which would cause violent climate change, and 2) can it seed its neighbor with life?