The formation and early evolution of Earth-like planets and moons

For the time being, we assume that life as we know it originated on Earth. Before it could arise, therefore, a habitable planet was needed.

The formation and early evolution of Earth-like planets and moons

What makes our planet habitable? Could it be its rocky composition? Or the fact that there is a moon orbiting the Earth? Or is it the presence of liquid water?

Characteristics of habitable planets such as the Earth are already partly determined by the interstellar matter from which a star and planetary system form. The composition and size of the star, the number of planets that emerge around the star, and the complexity of planetary orbits also play a role.

Research goals include identifying growth mechanisms from pebble to protoplanet and to unravel processes in the early Solar System which have led to the current composition of the Earth.


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