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Is Dwarf Planet Eris Potentially Habitable?

  1. Apr 3, 2016 #1
    I'm looking to entertain an apocalypse scenario in which survivors (this occurs in the future) flee to the dwarf planet Eris. I chose this planet because I love the myth circling it: "Eris was the Greek goddess of discord and strife. It was felt to be a very fitting name for a planet which sparked debate over the definition of a planet. Its moon, Dysnomia, is named after Eris’s daughter." Even if this is far, far into the future with unlimited resources, would reaching the plant be possible? And if arrival succeeded could human life be sustained?
    Thanks so much!
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  3. Apr 3, 2016 #2


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    It is too cold for life as we know it to evolve, but living there with sufficiently advanced technology is no problem. The sun would not be very useful at that distance, so the colony would probably rely on nuclear fusion.
  4. Apr 3, 2016 #3
    Thank you, that's very helpful!
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