April 9, 2015

Might hot jupiter icy moons not survive?

Filed under: Letters from Ionia — Tags: , — zankaon @ 11:10 am


If hot jupiters reside close enough to their star (perhaps near to it’s corona), might photoelectric effect lead to sublimation of icy moons? The planets magnetosphere should shield against solar wind for some of the moons at least. However might such photoelectric effect and associated sublimation result in just a residual rocky nidus i.e. just a residual moonlet?


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