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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How would a binary star system with a planet with 2 moons work? If possible

I am creating a solar system that has a binary star system. The system has 3 planets. The closest being like Mercury. The next being the planet that supports life and being slightly larger then earth....
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How can an Earth-like moon meet these angular diameter conditions?

NOTE: If there is anything about this question that needs clarification or editing, please don't hesitate to let me know in the comments. Get ready, because you're in for quite a ride. I have tried ...
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Is it possible to make a stable planetary system like this, and what would the orbits have to be?

I have a K-type star (0.5 stellar masses) as the central body, and the planets are as follows (those I want to be in the habitable zone in bold): I: An uninhabitable rocky inner planet 50% the mass ...
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What star can give an earth-like planet a 1-day year?

I did the orbital period for a planet orbiting a mass = 1 sol with a 24-hour year, it’s got a semi-major axis of 1.82 million miles - far and away beyond the Roche limit, still beyond the corona, but ...
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Creating “Sunfall” on the moon of a gas giant

I'm attempting to figure out the orbital physics of a system that has a habitable body that has intense periods of waxing and waning sunlight. I've come to the assumption that the best body for this ...
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Could a binary planet system have a shared magnetic field?

I want to have a two-world binary planet system where both have intelligent life, orbiting a single star. The two planets are assumed to be tidally locked to each other and orbit each other every 36 ...
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Could there be a planet where no electrical device works but that it can house life?

Far, far away from the Earth, there is a planet. A planet full of life. Where an intelligent species reign above all. But they haven't mastered the spirit of the thunder, and they will never. This ...
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Could a solar system exist inside of a nebula which is made of breathable gases?

Far, far away from the Earth, there is a nebula. An enormous cloud made of 78% nitrogen, 20% oxygen and 2% other non-lethal materials. These gases swirl around a star, and the pressure around it is ...
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Could intelligent life arise on a planet that isn't 'tethered' to a star, just drifting near to one? [duplicate]

Earth's movement in space is obviously linked to the Sun, as are many other planets. But what I'm asking, is could intelligent life develop on a world that is merely 'passing by' and basking in a ...
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Could a new planets plane be at a different degree as the other planets in our solar system?

I read this and wonder now, what if we would introduce a new planet to our solar system; would the force of gravitation demand a similar plane as that of the other planets? Mercuries 6.3° indicate ...
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Multiple earths orbiting around the sun? [duplicate]

Let's say that another earth popped into existence in our solar system on the exact same orbit around the sun as our earth. Say it is exactly opposite to the earth in the orbit. How would this new ...
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What types of stars do not have a CHZ/Goldilocks zone?

Most stars have a continuously habitable zone (CHZ), but I'm specifically trying to think up ones that do not. Aside from pulsars and black dwarfs (theoretical, as the universe isn't old enough to ...
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what's the name of a solar day on other planets? [closed]

people refer to a solar day on Mars as- "sol". are there any specific names for solar days on other planets, such as Jupiter or Venus for instance? or either "sol" is just a name for a solar day on a ...
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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 much of our solar system can you change without breaking the science of life on earth? [closed]

I am making a near-future setting that takes place in an alternate solar system that's similar to ours (one planet with life, a moon, and other planets without life and their associated moons). And ...
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how could I move an earth sized planet? [duplicate]

How could a Kardeshev II level society move an earth-sized planet at high speed, without killing everything on the planet and access to all of the resources in a solar system similar to our own? what ...
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How could I scientifically explain a world with day/night cycle only on the equator?

I'd like to build a world that has one pole where it's constantly day (all year long) and the weather is very hot, and one where it's constantly night (all year long) and the weather is freezing. I'd ...
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Where could materials to build a Dyson swarm come from?

Let's assume we want to build a Dyson swarm that collects over 90% of the energy from the sun and orbits between the Earth and the sun. Also assume that we want to get none of the resources to build ...
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Effects of multiple moons on a planet

Judging by our own planet we know what the effects of a moon on a terrestrial planet are. We also know that if a planet has two moons on the same side you would get insane tides and that two moons on ...
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How close to each other can Earth-mass planets plausibly form from the protoplanetary disk?

We occasionally get questions and answers that discuss how close to each other planets can be and still meet some criteria. For example, this answer to the question ''Habitable'' planet close to a ...
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What set of circumstances are most likely to lead to a planet with a climate resembling the Great Plains?

Part of my story will be set on a planet where a culture similar to that of the Old West has arisen - cowboys, frontier towns, homesteaders, etc. In order to make this development more plausible, I ...
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Hiding a solar system in a nebula

I have a planetary system with a yellow dwarf similar to our own Sun and three habitable planets. I want to hide this system from sight and long range scans in a nebula, a giant cloud of dust and gas ...
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Habitable planet for people [closed]

So I am making a planet for people to live there, but I have trouble making the conditions that could sustain life. So I had an idea of having a planet bigger than Earth, rotating aroung a star that ...
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What are the effects of a nearby supernova on a young solar system?

I'm building a S-Type binary system where the primary star is a black hole. Yet the system formed as a O + K-Spectral class binary and the 20 solar-mass O giant went nova 2,7 myr after both the stars ...
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What would be the effects on a planet orbiting a shedding red giant?

In a sci-fi RPG I eventually intend to run for a couple of friends, I had the idea of them visiting ancient ruins on a planet orbiting a shedding red giant. Now, ignoring the problem of intelligent ...
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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 would a meteorite have to be made of so that the sun is obscured for millennia?

I want to make my meteorite hit the Earth, after which the impact debris and ash blocks the sun just enough to make agriculture no longer feasible.
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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 ...