The University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo has a very interesting facility that has put out some fun stuff

The Planetary Habitability Laboratory led by Prof Abel Mendez, who gave a most excellent presentation on their tools and resources at the “Planet around Stellar Remnants” workshop last week.

The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog tabulates potentially habitable exoplanets and exomoons from the known and candidate exoplanets in the literature.
They have a press release on some related new result thursday 2nd Feb.

Their Visible Paleo Earth project also looks very interesting, and I suspect I’ll be using the visualizations in class.

From Prof. Mendez’s presentation I was also intrigued by the Habitability Metrics: especially the vector space of normalized habitability metrics – some interesting possibiities on the choice of metrics and likelihood mapping. Not as sure about the Earth Similarity Index…

The Scientfic Exoplanet Renderer also looks like a fun toy.

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From VPE


  1. #1 Michael Richmond
    February 2, 2012

    The link for “Visible Paleo Earth” should be

    Thanks for the list of resources!

  2. #2 Steinn Sigurdsson
    February 2, 2012

    Ack. cut’n’paste buffer flush fail!
    Fixed, thanks.

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