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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  • 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.
  • The Diversity of Worlds: Comparative Planetology and Habitability A session on the Habitability of Exoplanets in the Astrobiology Science Conference 2015 Organizers: Tyler Robinson, NASA Ames Research Center (tyler.d.robinson@nasa.gov)   Abel Méndez, University of Puerto ...
    Posted by Abel Mendez
  • Another Visualization of the Protoplanetary Disk Around HL Tau Here we show a test of a simple IDL code to analyze and visualize the dust structure of protoplanetary disks. We used the impressive image of HL Tau (Figure 1 ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2014, 8:20 AM by Abel Mendez
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  • 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 Detection Methods Visualized This is a visualization of the main exoplanets detection techniques. The animations show how the visual appearance of a star is affected by the presence of planets. The effect of ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2014, 12:45 PM by Abel Mendez
  • 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
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