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The Planetary Habitability Laboratory (PHL) is a research and education virtual laboratory dedicated to studies of the habitability of Earth, the Solar System, and exoplanets. Check the projects link for more details about the scientific projects. There are also links to scientific and educational materialsdata and software tools related to planetary science and astrobiology that might be of interest to scientists, students, and the general public. The PHL is managed by the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.





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Astronomers have located more than 1,000 planets orbiting stars other than our own, and the latest observations are starting to reveal what these planets are like. CREDIT: AMNH.

  • The PHL's LabNotes section is an open science notebook, a preprint space, where current ideas and results are explored. Its content is mostly oriented to scientists, specifically those involved in our projects. However, many of the entries contain links to images and software that could be of interest to the general scientific community, educators and public. Subscribe via RSS.
  • Not all habitable planets are equally ‘habitable’ So far we know of up to 20 potentially habitable planets around other stars out of nearly 2,000 planets that have been detected and confirmed. We expect to find ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2014, 7:39 AM by Abel Mendez Torres
  • Surface Temperature of Planets The mean global surface temperature of a planet in a circular orbit is given by (adapted from Qiu et al., 2003): (1) where Ts = mean global surface temperature (K ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2014, 6:22 AM by Abel Mendez Torres
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Latest Multimedia


  • The PHL's Media section contains many interesting multimedia items prepared for presentations or publications. Most of the content is original, but materials from other sources are also included and credited.
  • Exoplanet Types Here are infographics summarizing the 'exoplanet zoo' out there. Figure 1 is a simplified version of exoplanet types based on size while Figure 2 uses both size and temperature for ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2013, 12:23 PM by Abel Mendez Torres
  • Map of Nearby Stars with Exoplanets These are high resolution map (8000x4000px) of the night sky showing the stars with exoplanets. Click the images for the high resolution versions. The maps are suitable for poster printing ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2013, 2:13 AM by Abel Mendez Torres
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