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In other words - very warm, very windy, and very flat.

No, no, no :-) 0-40°C --- not necessarily very warm, I don't get the flat reference, and what I meant isn't necessarily being very windy: there could be brutal wind direction/precipitation changes, maybe even global phase shifts in every orbit, or alternatively (depending on rotation period, axis tilt) there could be stark regional differences, which in turn can drive planet-wide circulation systems. The more interesting if there is water and there is coupling between the atmosphere and oceans, like on Earth but possibly on a grander scale.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 07:14:28 AM EST
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Five times the mass? That's not going to be easy to run around on, even if with a wider diameter. (1.7g?)

0-40°C is an estimate, but I'd guess with water vapour and energy input shading into infra red wavelengths there would be more chance of the latter.

there could be brutal wind direction/precipitation changes, maybe even global phase shifts in every orbit, or alternatively (depending on rotation period, axis tilt) there could be stark regional differences, which in turn can drive planet-wide circulation systems.

Yep - windy. :)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 07:41:27 AM EST
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