Nepenthe: Kepler-283c

Another super-Earth (twice the size of our planet) orbiting an orange dwarf, Kepler-283c sits firmly in the habitable zone completing its year in 93 days. It’s sister planet Kepler-283b is larger still and far too close to its star to host life, but there’s probably a very interesting interacting between it and 283c. 

Kepler-283c

Depictions of 283c are rather dull.

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Like Alcyoneus, the suspicion is that 283c isn’t going to be rocky. In fact, some have speculated that this exoplanet is “very likely another tidally-locked, water-world.” 

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I doubt the ‘water-world’ option because it feels to much like wish-fulfillment. Yet I have not trouble imagining a huge warm superterran planet. It would be vastly disappointing if this world was neither. 

And this is what had lead me to name this planet

Nepenthe

It’s a Homeric Greek term (pronounced ‘ni-pen-thee’) that means ‘un-sorrow’ or ‘that which chases away sorrow.’ It has connotations of quieting and forgetfulness as a drink or drug.

 

 

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