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What kind of recurring phenomena could cast darkness on a planet for days/weeks at a time?

A century ago, after a catastrophic event on our planet, many of us were were forced to find a new home. There was one world that caught our attention: a tidally-locked blue planet orbiting a red ...
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Is it dangerous for a ship's crew to get stranded in a nebula?

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. The part of the story I'm currently ...
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Are planetary orbits absolutely necessary?

One of my more brilliant characters is taking a terraforming class and at one point, early in the story, she has to leave the action to take an exam. The question presented in that scene is listed ...
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Can a habitable world exist that would orbit in and out of a nebula?

Not an astronomer (obviously), but had a curious question. Is it possible to have a planet such that: Its star is right on the edge of a nebula The planet happen to be in the goldilocks zone and has ...
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How best to use a celestial body to hide a space station?

In science fiction secret space stations typically seem to exist inside of a nebula or an asteroid. However it occurs to me that in warfare space stations hidden in nebulae would likely be discovered ...
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What would skies look like on Worlds inside Nebulae?

I am building a habitable Earth like planet, but instead of it being in a solar system it is inside a Nebula. The actual composition of the Nebula is uncertain at this point. I am thinking the ...
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Storms in Space

By request, these are the two previous questions in this "series": Low Voltage Lightning and Alien Nitrogen How To Make Lightning I recently asked a question about lightning storms on planets. One ...
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Can a star be so distant/isolated that its 'Earth' can't see other stars?

I'm putting together a scenario, where a "Sun" and some debris are flung so distant that 14 billion years after the big bang, it has an "Earth" (and maybe some other minor rocky/icy objects), but no ...
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Travelling through space around Worlds inside Nebulas

I am building a habitable, Earth like planet, but instead of it being in a solar system, it is inside a Nebula. The actual composition of the Nebula is uncertain at this point, but I am considering ...
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Flooding lights

I am designing a world with no sun, there is something similar to asteroids in a nebula, not having a sun means no light so I decided to make that "nebula dust" glow, this dust has the following ...
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How would I make a moon appear black in a night sky that has a nebula visible in it?

So, I'm developing a world for my fantasy setting, but I thought it'd be neat if this particular world had a nebula visible in its night sky. (So, it might not be a nebula like the kind we have in ...
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How can Nebulae be harvested?

My question is about a far off and seclusive colony in the reaches of the Orion nebula. As they are relatively isolated they have resorted to harvesting the nebula itself for resources. What I want ...
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Synthetic ghosts

I am fully aware a similar question exists (link below) but this is not a duplicate question and provides different parameters Are ghosts made entirely of gas possible? Differences -The subject is ...