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Climate on an outer system exomoon heated by tidal heating

Io, Jupiter’s third largest moon, has similar features to your moon. However, it lacks a surface ocean. Ionian temperatures vary widely. The average surface temperature is -130°C (-202°F). The ...
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Climate on an outer system exomoon heated by tidal heating

I will assume that the planet and moon have mostly circular orbits. Seasons are going to be pretty much nonexistent here since the main source of heating is not from the star, but rather tidal heating....
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Climate on an outer system exomoon heated by tidal heating

You need good insulation on your moon to keep the heat. And therein lies the tightrope. If you lose too much atmosphere to biological processes, space - the heat escapes to fast and the moon becomes a ...
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Climate on an outer system exomoon heated by tidal heating

The largest influence on the temperature of such a moon is likely going to be resonant neighbours. The seasons would be dictated by the tidal flexions caused by the interactions with the orbits of ...
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Climate on an outer system exomoon heated by tidal heating

Gravitational interactions between a gas giant and a large close moon would quickly (in astronomical time scales) regularize the orbit of the moon. The elliptical orbit of the moon would quickly be ...
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Dark clouds on gas giants

Gaseous Carbon If you're looking for a traditional gas giant like Jupiter, I don't know of chemistry that will do what you're looking for, but if you're willing to embrace an exotic gas giant idea, ...
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