Dr. Jérémy Leconte has provided me with a video of his dissertation to a UofToronto colloquium on the Earth in the context of the suite of planets discovered as a result of the Kepler mission. Dr. Leconte is doing a post-doc at the University of Toronto Astronomy and Astrophysics department on the very question of where the Earth is located in the habitable zone and what it takes for a planet to be habitable. The results will surprise you.
There have been many discoveries in recent years of new planets around nearby stars, many of them within this area we call "The Habitable Zone". This is an area where it is not too hot and not too cold, but really "just right" to support life. It has been called the "Goldilocks zone". Never before in public discussion have we asked the question "Where is the Earth in the Habitable Zone?" Because we are here we have always presumed that the Earth is comfortably well inside the zone that supports life. Time to take a closer look. Please join us for an important first in the discussion on what is no doubt the topic of the century!