Unformatted text preview: of a star), astometry/Doppler spectroscopy (detecting “wobbling effect” when planet moves around the star), and direct imaging (directly seeing it, using telescopes). • Habitable zone – area in solar system that would be suitable for life. • Water is the biggest criteria for life. It is polar covalent (unequal sharing of electrons). Water has hydrogen bonding, which takes a lot of energy to break. Water is highly cohesive, has a high heat capacity, and a high heat of vaporization (stays liquid to relatively high temperatures). Hydration shells caused by water minimize electric charge, acting as a buffer....
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course BIOLOGY 1222 taught by Professor Haffie during the Spring '09 term at UWO.
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