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Yes: the insolation can be evened out quite a bit. Tidal locking can be an odd half multiple (like 3:2 of Mercury), the orbit eccentric and inclined. A presentation on the SETI Weekly Seminar Series showed simulations of surface temperature maps and was able to get rather uniform results or at least much smoother gradients than previously supposed. Either ...


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Let me expand on (and correct a minor error) in what I said in the alluded-to thread. Unfortunately, I do not know the mentioned article (although "The Moon's Twin", published in 1989 in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction", discussing the Jupiter/Io system, might be it). Therefore, I can't directly address it, but I think I can say three major ...


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A presentation on the SETI Weekly Seminar series (available on Youtube) points out that tidal locking (e.g. expected of a planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf) can involve higher muliples than same-face-shows, and in fact an eccentric orbit favors an odd half multiple (3:2 like Mercury). There is also orbital inclination to consider. The pattern of ...


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The best paper on I've found on tidal tails is Reshetnikov & Sotnikova (2000). Their simple description of tidal tail formation is: To understand the development of tidal tails, one must recall how the water surface of the oceans get stretched radially by differential gravitational attraction exerted on it by our Moon. The differential forces ...



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