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effective temperature The temperature of a planetary surface in the absence of an atmosphere. The effective temperature of Earth is some 35–40°C lower than the actual Earth surface temperature (approximately 15°C) owing to the greenhouse effect’ of the Earth's atmosphere.

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effective temperature (Te) The temperature of a planetary surface in the absence of an atmosphere. The effective temperature of Earth is some 35–40°C lower than the actual Earth surface temperature (Ts): the latter is approximately 15°C owing to the greenhouse effect of the Earth's atmosphere.