Habitable zone planetsThe host star of the planet that Gilbert’s team discovered is called TESS of Interest number 700, or TOI-700.
There are three planets around TOI-700: b, c and d. Planet d is Earth-size, within the star’s habitable zone and orbits TOI-700 every 37 days.
My colleagues wanted me to create a climate model for Planet d using the known properties of the star and planet.
My student Gabrielle Engelmann-Suissa and I used our modeling software to figure out what type of climate might exist on planet TOI-700 d .
Based on our models, we found that if the atmosphere of planet TOI-700 d contains a combination of methane or carbon dioxide or water vapor, the planet could be habitable.

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