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Questions tagged [temperature]

This tag is for questions which are about temperature, heat and their effects on the environment, the heat of astronomical objects, living beings, things, and space and what it might be like.

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Is an oxygen/nitrogen cycle possible, given a cold enough climate?

Suppose for whatever reason the sun's power has weakened. The Earth gets colder. All the water has frozen, and the temperature is getting to around the boiling point of oxygen. Can an "oxygen cycle" ...
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Is it safe to have an earth-like temperature for a 48-hour day-night cycle on a big planet?

I want this planet to be very earth-like on all aspects except for its size and the day-night cycle. The circumference is three times greater than the earth's circumference. The day-night cycle lasts ...
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There is some material able to stand a plasma arc welding without damage?

There is something that can stand that much temperatures ? or that kind of Welding can evaporate or melt everything ? I read that nothing could stand more than 7000 ° C, but i want to be sure, also, ...
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What problems would a superhuman have whose skin is constantly hot?

The basic premise is about a metahuman whose skin always emits large amounts of heat. It's usually around 300-500 F (150-260 C) degrees, but when he gets mad, in pain or in a serious fight, it can ...
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What materials can be used to make a humanoid skin warm?

The humanoids I'm talking about are designed with all the characteristics pertaining to robots developed with the help of soft robotics technologies. Although the skeleton is made of titanium, their "...
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How to make ice magic work from a scientific point of view?

I've recently been imagining a world of magic with heavy influence from chinese wuxia and xianxia. In such worlds, there's often various fire and ice magic, among other different types. Now, fire ...
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How do I figure out temperatures and amount of sunlight for a world?

How do I figure out the temperatures of certain latitudes on a planet with factors such as sunlight and the emission of heat and energy from a planet's interior? Assume the planet is smaller than ...
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Reducing atmospheric pressure on Snowball Earth

A Snowball Earth is a global condition (which may have occurred many times) in which the temperature everywhere on the surface was, for extended periods (up to tens of millions of years), below the ...
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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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How large can a magical cold region be before it dramatically alters global climate?

In the setting I'm working on, I want to have a vast 'sea' of diamond dust that is sustained by some kind of chilling magic effect that's spread across the surface of the land. Since magic is ...
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Temperature and climate “under” the gas giant in a tidally locked moon

I've begun the laborious (but fun!) process of putting another world together. Known constraints include: Habitable, (super-)Earth-sized, tidally-locked moon to a gas giant; the giant, where visible,...
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Superheated wing blast!

So, we know that big creatures will generate lots of heat if they’re active. We also know that wings are very good at venting excess heat. Now for most animals, this heat isn’t exactly spectacular, a ...
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What will be the first and the last piece of land to drown because of climate change? [closed]

What pieces of land will be the first and the last to drawn because of the current temperature rise causing the ice in the northern antarctic and so on and so forth to melt. it is reported that the ...
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Habitability of a planet with highly variable temperatures

The surface of the planet I have envisioned is almost entirely desert save for several city-sized "oases," or pockets of water, flora, and fauna that do not exist elsewhere. The temperature ...
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How to maintain container temperature for as long as possible?

I have two magical stones. The first one—let's call it fire stone—is a stone that able to increase its temperature equal to that of a normal fire. The second one—as you might already guess, is the ...
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Worldwide climate [duplicate]

Is it possible for an entire planet to have the same climate? So lets for example say an entire world with a northern european (scandinavian) climate and accompanying geography. (No deserts, no ...
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The pros and cons of thermokinesis

I am currently working on a magic system that involves Thermokinesis, which is the ability to manipulate temperature. This power involves controlling the rate of movement of molecules, which is ...
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What would the temperature variation of an outer orbiting planet look like in a binary system?

I am creating a binary star system with a likeness to the Alpha Centauri system with an outer orbiting planet like Proxima Centauri. On an earth similar planet what would the temperature variation ...
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What would happen to the climate if Earth's sea-levels rose 2000m?

This is the first of possibly several posts about the following scenario, in which Earth's sea-level rises 2 km overnight, generating a world map looking like this: Question: What would be the ...
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How would a permanently cold tower affect its environment?

In my world, physics works exactly like on Earth, except that there is a narrow, 400 foot tall magical column sticking vertically out of the ground, which is magically always extremely cold -- I'm ...
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What is the highest and lowest comfortable average temperature on a planet?

I want to write about a planet that has a high average temperature, but low enough to be comfortable. Just because of curiosity, I would also like to know the lowest comfortable. Additional Info: ...
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How can I make a black dwarf star?

In response to a question about an asteroid filled with degenerate matter, Ender Look suggested that using matter from a black dwarf would be better than using matter from a white dwarf since black ...
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Can waves transport temperature? or How to stop atoms from creating heat [closed]

I'm working on a story in which a artificial crystal can turn elements into other elements using waves of protons,neutron and electrons in a pattern, but my question is: can cold be transported by the ...
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Could a world exist with a distinct line of changing temperatures between the hemispheres?

I'm trying to create a world where there's an equator-like divide running along the axis(?) of the planet and the two hemispheres are perpetually different in terms of temperature. Basically, I want ...
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How would the length of a day-night cycle affect a planet's climate?

I am envisioning a habitable world with an atmosphere comparable to earth's in which one day is extremely long (>100 earth years). Human settlers have successfully colonized a small portion of the ...
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How massive can a terrestrial planet be and still be habitable? Will its space civilization have problems due to its escape velocity? [duplicate]

The star is Sun-sized and my planet will be more massive than Earth. How massive can my planet be and still be habitable. This is without its internal heat being a problem leading to its becoming a ...
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Can a planet have warm or temperate climates within its polar regions?

Note: an edit has been made to the main question at the bottom A couple of years ago, I had a worldbuilding project which I have recently revived. I was relatively new to worldbuilding back then, ...
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Medieval method of measuring temperature

What methods could a medieval society (technology level around 1475-1500 AD) use to measure the temperature of a liquid? The world is similar to medieval Britain/Europe, but with more trade so ...
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What mechanism would be needed to contain and inject super-heated plasma into a target?

Two days ago, I proposed a design for dual forearm-mounted super-heated stabbing blades composed of a Titanium-Coltan alloy and capable of reaching 1,000 °C. These arm-blades were intended to act as ...
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What are the practicalities and impracticalities of ultraheated forearm-mounted blades utilized by a robot? [duplicate]

I have a series of humanoid combat robot dubbed the Atlanta-Types created specially to fight someone (codenamed Heracles) with the powers of electrokinesis and Low-Mid regeneration on equal footing. ...
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What's the plausible purpose of a freezing weapon or tool? [duplicate]

Elemental weapons are quite common in video games, and I'm interested in writing those types of weapons in a setting of realistic consequences. However, I am having troubles justifying the existence ...
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Why would anyone want a freezing weapon? [closed]

I have a hobby of writing video game item descriptions, usually trying to justify game mechanics within the flavor text. Elemental weapons are especially fun to explain in-universe. Lightning spears ...
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Superheated bullets and the damage they would deal

So, imagine that we're using technology that allows us to fire superheated bullets, and we decide to implement it against three types of opponents: Unarmored, wearing just normal clothes Lightly ...
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On a frozen world, what would be the thinnest, warmest materials to make clothing from?

I have a world I've been developing whereby the entire world is locked in a cycle of perpetual winter. The "seasons" still exist but are merely a spectrum of mild cold ranging toward horrific winters....
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Could a star half as hot as our sun maintain similar surface temperatures of planets orbiting it if it was half the distance?

I'm trying to build a world that is orbiting a red giant but sustains life similarly to the conditions of earth.Since red giants are about half the temperature (3000 kelvin) of our sun (6000 kelvin) ...
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Given atmospheric composition, density and scale height, planetary radius, and escape velocity, what is the lapse rate?

My planet Mass = 0.602 MEarth Radius = 0.870 REarth Density = 5.04 g/cm3 vesc = 9.3 km/s Temperature = 272 K My atmosphere 74.84% N2 22.04% O2 1.38% CH4 1.25% Ar 0.27% H2O 0.11% CO2 ...
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What atmospheric composition do I need to sustain Earth-like temperatures at my planet's orbital distance; how close should my asteroid belt be?

I need to heat my planet and I've decided that the two most plausible and controllable ways to do so are by increasing the amount of bombardment by meteoroids from a nearby asteroid belt, and by ...
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Is a snowball planet a necessary step in the evolution of a life-sustaining ocean planet?

Still working on that world with with a 93% ocean covering. My star Xat is 1.71 LSol, and my planet Jasmi orbits at 2.14 AU. I've been warned that the resulting apparent brightness of about 37% Sol ...
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What is a plausible way to fuel highly active volcanism and seismic activity on my planet?

I thought that a large, close moon might help generate enough heat and stress to raise the average temperature on my world and stave off a Snowball Earth scenario. According to this article and this ...
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Where to find equations to calculate tidal heating in a binary planet/planetesimal system?

I'm building a very small homeworld (0.602 M$_e$) with a very large moon (0.0711 M$_e$) that orbit each other at a barycenter about 7.12 planetary radii (1 R = 0.870 R$_e$) from the primary's center; ...
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If there were giant irregular mirrors above cities that would reflect sunlight, would that heat the atmosphere and cause global warming? [closed]

Or would the heat dissipate back into space? For my world building purposes, I need it to cause global warming, I just don't really know if it would work. Maybe the cities would need to be bigger then ...
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How long could someone survive in “Sky cell” like prison?

In the fiction, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, one high castle in the mountains, the Eyrie, has so-called sky cells. Those cells are left open to the cold sky. The Eyrie is 600 foot/180 ...
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What would the temperature variation be on this planet? (High eccentricity & slow rotation)

I've been trying to figure out a model (or find a relevant paper) for calculating the approximate day/night and periapsis/apoapsis temperature variation for an earth-like planet that has a high ...
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What's the fastest (least time consuming) way to completely freeze a living, adult human?

Jane was different from the other kids. While all the other kids were playing with fire, Jane played with ice. Now, Jane has grown up and is an accomplished scientist or engineer in your discipline of ...
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How would I make two biomes seem realistic as they change into one another? [duplicate]

I am building a world where there is a big desert and the next biome over is a swamp. The desert goes for miles, and the swamp is also huge. I know that some biomes do not go together, such as a Polar ...
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How to determine the temperature of an Earth-like planet with two major heat sources?

Ghyesh is an Earth-like habitable moon that orbits a gas giant in a system with a sun significantly larger and hotter than Earth's. Both the gas giant and the sun emit an equal level of heat to the ...
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Is there a way for a creature from earth to survive the vacuum of space for ten minutes?

I was wondering if there was a way for a creature to survive the vacuum of space for ten minutes with only a tank of oxygen and a mask to breathe the oxygen with. The creature comes from an Earth-like ...
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Maintain atmosphere on moon using global warming

So, a neat thing, depending on how you look at it, about greenhouse gases is that while it's causing a raise in temperature near the surface it actually makes the upper parts of the atmosphere ...
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Is it possible for a substance to be thermally inert?

Heat is energy. Temperature is an indication of the level of heat in a substance. But the normal way to measure temperature is to observe how the substance interacts with its surroundings - most ...
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How would one determine the upper and lower temperature limits for a race of human-sized reptiles?

It's a fairly well-known fact that reptiles are ecotherms, meaning that they require outside sources of heat to stay warm and metabolize. However, being too hot can cause heat sickness (not fun), and ...