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Title: Low spin-axis variations of circumbinary planets

Having a massive moon has been considered as a primary mechanism for stabilized planetary obliquity, an example of which being our Earth. This is, however, not always consistent with the exoplanetary cases. This article details the discovery of an alternative mechanism, namely that planets orbiting around binary stars tend to have low spin-axis variations. This is because the large quadrupole potential of the stellar binary could speed up the planetary orbital precession, and detune the system out of secular spin-orbit resonances. Consequently, habitable zone planets around the stellar binaries in low inclination orbits hold higher potential for regular seasonal changes comparing to their single star analogues.

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Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
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p. 5175-5184
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National Science Foundation
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