Questions tagged [planets]

For questions about any large astronomical bodies classified as planets, and their effects on their systems.

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What would influence an alien race to map their planet in a way other than the traditional map of the Earth

I was looking through a bunch of different ways we can shape a map of the Earth and it got me thinking. We map out planet as a stretched rectangle with NSEW as Up Down Right Left, with the Equator ...
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Which place in our solar system is the most fit for terraforming?

Far in the future technology has evolved to the point that humanity is able to try and terraform something in our solar system. The moon is out, since it's too close to earth and therefore to risky, ...
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Maintaining Earthlike Gravity on other Worlds/Stations [on hold]

I am writing my first short story in science fiction and am struggling with the issue of gravity. TLDR: What would it take to make a planet match Earth's gravity (e.g. Titan (yes, it's a moon but ...
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What's a Good Sphere-Mapping Resource?

After reading the help sections for asking questions, I am now confident that my question does in fact appear to be on-topic and in scope for this website. I currently use a page called PlanetMaker ...
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Creating a Realistic-Looking Rocky Moon

Originally I was going to ask for help in the process of designing moons in general, but this is such a vast topic that I decided to narrow it down. I'm trying to create rocky moons or planets. I ...
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Can planetary bodies have a second axis of rotation?

Is it possible for a planetary body to have a secondary axis of rotation? For example let's say there's an Earth-like body that is spinning with its North Pole facing the Sun. Imagine that the North ...
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A desert planet with temperate polar regions could sustain how much plant-life? Any?

One proposed type of desert planet is one in which the equator and the "tropics" are harsh, hot deserts, but the polar regions are temperate, habitable, and lush with life. You can see an example of ...
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Tidally Locked Planet, Weather

If the polar cap of a tidally locked planet was all ocean, what weather patterns would emerge? The ocean couldn’t be half frozen/half boiling, right? I need a weather pattern so the planet isn’t just ...
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Would an exoplanet highly rich in Iron (and other metallic properties) have any effects on technology?

Im working on a story about a new exoplanet discovery and its subsequent "Near Future" colonization. The planet is close to its parent star. As such, I have decided to give it a sizeable molten iron ...
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Gravitational and Electric Forces in the Movements of Planets

Now that we know about the electric nature of the cosmos, the question arises: "How much are planets affected by electric forces while moving through the universe?" We have been taught that the ...
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How Can I Explain A Giant Equatorial Gash

I have a moon in my story that has a thin, deep gash or canyon that lies on its equator and spans the entire moon. My original idea involved the sudden orbital decay of a ring system, caused by a ...
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Human colonies beyond Pluto (on a potential ninth planet)

To be able to colonize another world, there are some requirements; the harvesting of energy, enough recourses, handling of the environment (pressure, temperature and gravity and so on) and ...
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Explaining Planet Colors/Compositions [closed]

I want to be able to explain: the coloration of my planets when I create them, but I don't have enough knowledge on the colors of elements or chemical compounds. I have done extensive research into ...
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If we were to assume the shape of planet Popstar from Kirby is kept that way artificially, how would the shape affect its day/night cycle?

Making a semi-realistic Kirby Alternate Universe (AU) here. Popstar's shape is a result of a member of this powerful race using secret magics to alter reality in this AU. What would its day/night ...
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Can a planets magnetic field be strong enough to make floating continents?

I have a planet similar to Venus(similar size and atmosphere) that has floating continents in the atmosphere due to strong magnetic fields. If it is possible, what would the continents need to be made ...
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How could a planet have traveling geographic poles?

I want to build a world that has its geographic poles travel like the Earth magnetic poles do. What is a plausible way to do this? (besides giving it two suns that is)
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Changing air composition on another planet

Hypothetically speaking, if we would find another planet, the size of Earth, with atmosphere as dense as Earth's atmosphere is, and we would insert (in some hypothetical way) nitrogen, oxygen and CO2 ...
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Why would one hemisphere of a planet be very mountainous while the other is flat?

Background I just read this question about how to get a planet to have one hemisphere with tropical climate and one with polar climate. The (not yet accepted) answer with the highest score ...
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Can a planet mostly covered with water exist in a perpetual sunset?

I have read many posts about planets in perpetual sunset or twilight. Tidal locking, perpetual sunset at the poles of a planet with zero axis tilt, and so on. Great information by the way. This ...
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Can there be a unique planet visible each different month?

In my world, ten is an important number that shows up frequently. In the solar system my world belongs to, there are ten other planets beside it, and there are ten months in a year. I know next to ...
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What is the fastest an earth-like planet can spin and still support life, and would it be possible to launch space-craft from it?

I was wondering, if a planet in similar size and mass to earth would have, from its creation, been spinning at this hypothetical planet speed limit (with it somehow staying in once piece) could life ...
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How could a planet have one hemisphere way warmer than the other without the planet being tidally locked?

I would like a planet that's a tropical paradise on one side but covered in ice and glaciers on the opposite side, whether it be the Southern-Northern or the Western-Eastern hemisphere. I know it ...
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Can there be plants on the dark side of a tidally locked world?

In my story, there is an Earth-sized planet orbiting a red dwarf, tidally locked to its parent star, with large oceans like Earth, two moons similar to ours and a thick atmosphere to distribute heat ...
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Longest “linear” natural formations

In an effort to gain inspiration for planetary formation and, at the same time, inspiration for governmental/territorial boundaries between residents of said formed planets, I've recently encountered ...
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Earth like planet, more surface area under water?

Planet: earth like, half the radius of earth, gravity is .7g. Assuming this is possible and humans live on this planet, would it be possible to have 90% of the planets surface area be under water? ...
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Can this planet in a binary star system exist?

In a certain star system, Star B orbits Star A. Planet C lies in between the two stars and also orbits Star A. Planet C and Star B share an orbital period, and are at roughly the same places in that ...
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Super dense planet? [closed]

What's the most dense a planet could be and still be livable? How does water factor into the overall density of the planet. Is something like an osmium or iridium core even be possible/realistic? If ...
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Is it realistic to have a livable planet with a quarter the size of Earth, but with the same gravity?

So in theory, I would want this planet to have the same everything as earth besides the radius (and anything that affects how radius plays into gravity). I know the density of this Planet X would have ...
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What would a bromine based atmosphere planet be like? [duplicate]

OK, some of you may recognize this from a previous question, but now it's refined. After seeing this video by Artifexian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwauz9uIl9M, I thought I should take a stab at ...
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Terraforming a tide-locked planet

Over several hundred years, a tide-locked, but otherwise Earth-like, planet orbiting a red dwarf is terraformed. The terminator is a very habitable zone, in terms of temperature, atmosphere, etc. ...
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How to find the density of a planet and its core taking into account the gravitational compression in them?

Consider a planet $P$ of radius $r$ larger than Earth, whose mass is $r^3$. By the square–cube law, this planet will have the same density as the Earth... assuming that the gravitational compression ...
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Can my planet have a very thin atmosphere only at the poles?

While thinking about Starfish Prime's answer to the question Algae using UV light from auroras for photosynthesis, I considered the possibility of an alternate Earth which has a normal, Earth-like ...
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Can realistic planetary invasion have any meaningful strategy?

The sea is used as an analogy in space travel, and sometimes it works well. Ships sail on long journeys, between distant lands, across a hostile medium. But these analogies tend to break down when it ...
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Will my planet work? (size, gravity, atmosphere)

I was going to sort this all out beforehand, and then write the book, but when the writing flows... you make hay. I am a perfectionist/details-oriented person, but you lose me on math/hard science. ...
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How has Venus held onto its atmosphere [closed]

Without its magnetosphere, how has Venus held onto its atmosphere, when Mars lost its atmosphere and water when its magnetic field was turned off?
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How to find the radius of a planet given its internal composition?

Consider a planet very similar to Earth, with the same radius and the same mass. In a very simplified model of its interior, 70 % of its mass is magnesium silicate and the remaining 30 % is iron. This ...
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Is a carbon planet with seas of methanol on its surface scientifically possible?

I am creating a carbon planet with seas of methanol on its surface, but I am not sure that this is possible. It is predicted that carbon planets are depleted of water, since the available oxygen ...
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How different would the internal composition of a carbon planet be from that of Earth?

My idea is a carbon planet 50 % larger than Earth and with 5 times its mass (approximately), but I set these values ​​after investigating those of several discovered exoplanets and none of them is ...
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Why would humanity have left Earth 2 so quickly? [closed]

In the world I am building (based heavily on the Star Wars universe setting, but more historical), humanity first abandoned Earth to travel to another planet within their solar system, which they ...
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What would be the consequences of a planet having a core predominantly made of Krypton?

So I'm currently working on a fan project to redesign Superman's home planet of Krypton. This new Krypton is 1.6x the size of Earth and orbits the red dwarf star known to us as LHS-2520, 27.1 ...
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Can we realisticly ever land on alien planet? [closed]

This question is heavily inspired by Netflix series Another Life We build another worlds to be explored. Mostly by humans. However, reckless behavior of space crew of ship Salvare made me realize, ...
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How can glass marbles naturally occur in a desert?

I had a dream that on my alien planet, there was a large desert that had naturally occurring glass marbles in the sand. My dream logic was that the sand was melted into glass and natural weathering ...
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Plausibility of helium dominated atmospheres on super-Earths

I've been using this helpful diagram a lot for worldbuilding. Now I came to think about the fact that helium is more massive than hydrogen, thus a scenario where hydrogen escapes, but helium is ...
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Subtle ways to render a planet uninhabitable

A violent way of rendering a planet uninhabitable being the obvious: accelerate a large enough object to a sufficient velocity that everything on the planet goes the way of the dinosaurs. Put briefly,...
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What sort of solar system / atmospheric conditions, if any, would allow for a very cold planet that still receives plenty of light from its sun?

The setting I'm interested in would involve a cold planet (cold enough for most bodies of water to be frozen - I'm thinking of an average global temperature of -20C or below). The simplest way would ...
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Is there a website that will run orbital simulations because I don't have a PhD in math

I'm just trying to write a RPG adventure for a sci fi company. So when I have to figure out what kind of orbits, masses, major axis, etc are needed for the system I need to design and I see: $T=2\pi$...
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Can early astronomers determine the gravity of their planet's “moon” without ever going there?

As I was thinking about space flight for my world, I thought about how they would need to know a planet's gravitational force before they could land, and found that humans figured out the moon's ...
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What could cause a planet to be in shadow for a 6 earth month period every couple of earth years?

My previous question ruled out having a moon orbiting a gas giant. I've got an interesting ecosystem (my bad, biome was the wrong word) that evolved based upon the idea that the world is eclipsed for ...
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Surviving a planet collision? [duplicate]

Let's say there are two planets about to collide. Ignoring how they got there, it seems that in most scenarios basically all life gets annihilated by energy released the collision. How slow would two ...
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How long until two planets become one?

Two Earth-like planets collide at a (relatively slow) speed of about 1,000 kph. For all questions regarding the size and composition of these planets, just think about Earth - and these two planets ...