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Questions tagged [solar-system]

For questions regarding a star and the area comprising its gravitational dominance. While they are not part of its technical definition, it colloquially refers to the planets, moons, asteroids and other bodies orbiting the star.

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Habitability inside an enclosed solar system

In D&D Spelljammer, there's a concept of "crystal spheres" that enclose a solar system, with its radius being double the radius between the sun and its furthest planet. For my solar system, I did ...
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Plausibility of “diamond”-like crystal and/or mineral substances forming on a planet orbiting a dwarf star

Alright, so the primary inspiration for this is 55 Cancri e, the speculated carbon "diamond world" and to a degree, Nkllon, a planet in Star Wars that is essentially what Cancri is, but "confirmed" to ...
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Can a planet have a different gravitational pull depending on its location in orbit around its sun?

As the title say, can a planet have a different gravitational pull depending on its location in orbit around its sun? Is this explainable without magic?
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What factors affect how many moons a planet can have?

A moon is just a natural satellite - something orbiting a planet - so I'm interested in what kind of factors influence how many moons a planet can have, and how many moons a planet will actually have. ...
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Make solar eclipses exceedingly rare, but still have new moons

Given a system similar to the Earth/Moon/Sun system, how would one go about making solar eclipses rarer than they are here on earth, but keep new moons similar to how they currently are (or at least ...
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How far away from a Sol-class sun could a planet be and still be habitable?

In my galaxy, I need a planet that is far enough away from its star to be relatively cold compared to Earth, but not so cold that liquid water cold not exist. The planet has 2 continents, 1 northern ...
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Effects of a close approach with a non-pulsar neutron star?

My hard-ish SF story requires an event that would effectively render the entire solar system completely uninhabitable for some time (i.e. retreating underground for a few millennia won't help), but ...
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What drive/engine would allow Medrunners to make it to Venus from Oberon in one to two weeks

Medrunner Lao Dorn and his team have been given a mission. A young woman has contracted some sort of parasite that is slowly eating away at her vital organs. The doctors on Oberon are unable to do ...
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Terraformed Venus and Mars

A Traveler from a very advanced civilization has visited the Solar system. He found the humans likable, and decided to leave them a boon. For some reason, he couldn't do anything directly to the Earth ...
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Is there a plausible causal mechanism to explain why the Sun would be heating up faster/ sooner than we thought?

I am writing a novel about what it will be like on earth 500 or so years before the death of our Sun. The Sun is heating up gradually and one day that will negatively affect life on Earth. I know that ...
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Longest possible eclipse in double star system

I have a planetary system that consists of two close stars: A Sun-like star - small but bright A much larger, but much darker star (about 5-10 times larger) A habitable planet orbiting both of the ...
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If the Earth was part of an ultimate solar system, what would the sky look like?

I once show a picture depicticting the idea of an ultimate solar system: Image Copyright Sean Raymond In this solar system there are 8 planetary orbits, each containing 52 equal-mass, evenly-spaced ...
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How difficult would it be to turn the Asteroid Belt into a single body? What's the best method?

The Emperor (may he live forever) plans to visit the Solar System on a rare royal visit in ten years' time. The Bureau for Interplanetary Tidying have decided that the Asteroid Belt is an eyesore that ...
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Distance between star systems

I'm writing a story that will eventually escalate from being focused on one planet to the entire star system that planet belongs to, and finally to a big story involving the two nearest star systems ...
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Independently Tidelocked Moon?

Simple question that might seem odd. Not going to get too specific but I am curious, more or less, as to what it would look like for a planet that had a moon (A habital one) which was in essence ...
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Building a Dyson sphere around the sun, what about one, or two steps farther? [duplicate]

I will assume that people know what a Dyson sphere is. So you build one to encompass the Sun, harnessing all of its energy, then why not make a big spaceship out of it and have the Sun as your power ...
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Is it possible to hide a base in the Kuiper Belt?

With the Kuiper Belt being composed of well over 100 million objects - some grand, some insignificant - is it possible to hide an asteroid base from enemy sensors within its confines, combined with ...
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How close could another solar system be without adversely affecting our own?

I would like to know how close two planetary systems could be without having an adverse effect on each other. My goal is to drastically improve the chances of having habitable planets near enough that ...
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How could a planet have a sky without stars at night?

Is it possible for a planet in our part of the galaxy to have a night without stars? I'm looking for some kind of natural phenomena that would hide the stars, but allow the sun to rise and fall as ...
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Can a planet have a day that's always longer than night?

This question has been rewritten to incorporate all clarifications. On Earth, half the planet is illuminated at any time (let's ignore eclipses). Axial tilt lets day lengths vary, but over the course ...
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Planet Orbiting a Red Dwarf

I'm trying to create my planet orbiting a red dwarf, honestly I've thought other scenarios but it's like every answer opens new questions. I'll just say what I want my planet to be and I'd like your ...
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How far out can a pre-telescope human society (naked eye observations only) detect planets?

There are many questions on WBSE that cover most aspects of building a planetary system. (some examples below): Creating a realistic world(s) map - planetary systems How many planets should I have ...
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Solar recycling or: How to keep your star from dying

I was in the shower the other day thinking about the sun going Nova, you know...like you do, and a thought occurred to me: Could you turn the sun into a stable, mostly closed system? Some details ...
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Are there any software tools available to map the solar system hundreds of years from now?

I am writing a scifi novel based roughly four hundred years from now, and it occurred to me that the planets and other objects might not be quite where I need them to be for certain travel details to ...
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Can giant planets in the habitable zone have rocky moons?

My question is in the context of a fictional super-Neptune that lies in the habitable zone of its host star system. Giant planets only form beyond the Frost Line of their protoplanetary disk, and ...
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Scale model solar system in interstellar space - will it work?

Now that FTL travel is here there are all sorts of family outings we can go on. One of these is a scale model solar system lovingly made by hobbyist Barty Slartfast. In full scale Sedna is three ...
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Climate on a planet with huge tides

Tidea is a moon with an atmosphere orbiting a giant planet. Due to that, tidal forces on Tidea are enormous. I'm working on trying to understand how would the climate be on Tidea. Relevant things ...
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Moons changing their rotational periods

There is a planetary system with a big planet and two moons, Luna and Laltre orbiting around it. Luna has a pretty similar orbiting (1 earth-day) and rotating period (slightly less than 1 earth-day). ...
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What would be the impact on Titan, Saturn and the Solar system if aliens harvested as much hydrocarbons as possible from Saturn's moon?

The scenario Many science fiction novels are concerned with aliens visiting Earth, but what if aliens have no interest in Earth at all and yet they arrive at the Solar system for the sole purpose of ...
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Temperature on a bulls-eye planet planet orbiting a red dwarf star [closed]

I recently attended a talk on current research into exoplanets and it got me thinking. I want to create a setting on a tidally locked eyeball planet for a futuristic sci-fi story. What I want to ...
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Plausible reason for Earth not be able to get updates about terraforming on Mars?

I’ve been working on a story where terraforming robots are sent to another world and the colonists come along later. Originally, I had the new world be extrasolar, but for other plot reasons, I’m ...
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How do you non-catastrophically reduce the mass of the Sun by half?

In my previous question, I asked how much mass the Sun would have to lose in order for Saturn's orbital velocity to be its escape velocity. The answer proved to be somewhat unexpected - when the Sun ...
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What would tides look like on a planet with two similarly sized and oppositely places moons?

I’m making a mostly ice planet with two moons. For the purposes of this question, let’s assume that they are both proportional size and distance to the size and distance to our moon. Both are tidally ...
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Would turning the planet Mercury into a giant mirror be a good way to heat the outer solar system?

If you could deflect most of the light off planet Mercury and to a focused point in the sky, for example, could you heat up a planet like Neptune? You could also start this process at the poles where ...
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Effects of Hot Jupiters on habitable planets

Essentially, I'm designing a solar system for form of alien life. For the sake of ease, the star is roughly similar to the Sun, and the habitable planet follows an orbit anywhere between Earth and ...
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Is it possible for a naturally occuring star system to have 120 planets?

In my book series (link here), there is a star system at the northern edge of the galaxy called the Ryu system. I am planning for this star system to be huge, encompassing 120 planets. The vast ...
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Is it possible an ice line from pole to pole in a tidally locked Earth-like moon?

I am aware that there are a lot of answers explaining the fundamentals of a tidally locked "Earth-like" moon around a giant gas planet. For example this one: Habitable moon of a gas giant: working out ...
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Radiation Levels and Effects on Planet with 27 Suns

Other posts from this thread will be posted here: How to make an Earth with 27 suns work (Closed as a duplicate of the follow up, Attempt Two) How To Make an Earth with 27 Suns Work, Attempt Two: ...
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Which side of a tidally locked moon experiences higher radiation?

Looking most specifically regarding the moons around Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus. I've been unable to get a concrete answer on this through various sources. I've actually read several articles briefly ...
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Tiny galaxies with exoplanets

Segue 2 is a galaxy with only about 1000 stars and is 111 light years in radius. It has a light output only 900 times that of our sun. (This is a real galaxy in our universe) However, I want my ...
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Would a planet with these seasons be possible?

Just as a disclaimer, I have very little knowledge on the science on all of this and have a very poor grasp on what is plausible and what isn't, but I suppose that's why I am here. I have a concept ...
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How big of a coronal mass ejection from the sun do I need to destroy all the electrical equipment on earth

So the background is simple: in the modern day a CME (coronal mass ejection, a solar flare that has escaped the sun) hits the Earth and destroyed all the electrical equipment causing planes to crash ...
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How many planets should I have in my planetary system?

I am building a planetary system, but I always thought how many planets should I have in this system. When you look at our solar system there are 8 planets. Other exoplanetary systems can have up to ...
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The Nightfall / Kalgash System

"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov (you can hear the story here on escapepod, if you need it) postulates a planet in a multi-sun system. The orbital mechanics of the 6 suns result in all of the sides of the ...
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Stationary trinary system

I am creating a world in which a civilization has achieved advanced spaceflight and has begone colonizing other planets in their solar system that is similar to ours, but with more planets. However, ...
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What layout to use for towns and cities from a species under threat of extermination?

The premise is as follows: A species uses biological constructs to protect themselves from forces that attempt to exterminate them. These biological constructs have a far faster growth than the ...
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How To Make an Earth with 27 Suns Work, Attempt Two: Orbital Stability

This is the continuation of a thread of related posts on a hypothetical alternate universe/Light Plane. Other posts from this thread are here: How To Make an Earth with 27 Suns Work Radiation ...
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Can two stars orbit each other but each have their own planets in stable orbits?

I'm aware that 'tatooine' worlds don't make good habits for planets, normally. From what I've read, either a planet has to orbit one star really closely, or orbit both stars from a really long ...
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Silly orbits - can an orbit be both stable and interplanetary?

In our story's universe, a solar system is hand-crafted by a deity with seven smallish bodies working in a way that I can only describe as Lagrangian Points, where all planets have the same orbital ...