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How would life be on a planet that's actually a satellite of a gas giant? [duplicate]

I'm building a campaign scenario for a tabletop rpg. Well that's not really important, the thing is that as the title says, the word where the characters are is actually a moon/satellite of a gas ...
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Is my habitable system possible? [duplicate]

I have a star system of large red dwarf around 50% of sun's mass, which has gas giant or ice giant orbiting in the habitable zone. The gas(ice) giant has terrestrial like moon which is habitable. That ...
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Is a Jupiter-sized planet plausible in a habitable zone?

We lived through loads of questions regarding aquatic races, so buckle up, I am going to gather some ideas around insectoids. The homeworld and race This race lives on a planet which has lower ...
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Can a gas giant have its own habitable zone?

Gas giants can generate heat via the Kelvin-Helmholtz mechanism. It's oft-repeated that Jupiter actually generates more heat internally via this method than it receives from the Sun. Scale this ...
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Reality Check: Habitable moon around earth-like planet

For a complex world-building scenario I want a habitable moon orbiting a habitable earth-like planet. The habitable moon should allow for flora, fauna and landscape as similar to earth as possible. ...
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Making a slow orbit around a large gas giant

First of all, this website is a dream come true. I'm a total sucker for this stuff. Secondly, I love astronomy and worldbuilding, and lately, I've been thinking of a hypothetical situation, and was ...
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Naturally making a gas giant moon habitable

Let's say that in my planetary system there is a gas giant around the size and distance from the Sun as Jupiter. I need the planet to be similar enough to earth to be able to be inhabited natural by ...
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Will moons orbiting gas giants always be tidally locked?

Inspired by this article about the Kepler-enabled search for life-supporting moons, I came over here to learn more about the concept. I found this very complicated answer to a very complicated ...
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Can a habitable moon rely on the magnetosphere of its parent planet for radiation protection?

Science-based answers, please. Key points: the main concern is radiation protection for sustainability of human life (and accompanying plant and animal life ecosystems, whether earth-like or not). ...
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Possibility of a terrestrial moon orbiting a Jovian planet for the setting of a fantasy world

I am currently creating a world for a series of fantasy short stories (and hopefully movies one day), and I need some help with the science. Ideally, I would like the story to take place on a moon ...
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Captured Earth-Like Moons around Gas Giants

Is there a limit (and if so, what is it) to the size (mass) of terrestrial planet that could be "captured" as a moon by a migrating gas giant? I'm writing a novel where a colony ship crashes on such ...
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How to enter the orbit of a gas giant?

A great many questions have been written about a habitable moon around a gas giant. This is my take on it. Somehow (extra points to whoever figures out exactly how it is possible) Jupiter gets ...
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Earth-like moons orbiting around a gas giant

I have a world idea (and definitely not the only one with such an idea in which the main location is a moon of a gas giant, that has life like on Earth. What are the effects of the presence of the ...
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Terraforming Ganymede, is it possible?

The Hegemony has long looked upon Ganymede as a prime terraforming project for humanity. The Hegemony has the tech for large scale space production so large mirrors or sun shades are able to be built ...
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Habitable moon of a gas giant: working out the size of the tide

I'm creating a fictional planet that orbits a gas giant (a lot like Jupiter). I'm working out all the issues listed here and here. But what I'm really having trouble with is the size of the tide. In ...

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