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JPL's HORIZONS system will give you ephemerides, charts of a planet's location in the sky (via right ascension and declination) and position in space via quantities like the true anomaly. You can find ephemerides for all eight planets, as well as about 800,000 asteroids, comets and moons (yes, including Pluto and Eris).
HORIZONS is quite accurate, and ...
There are many!
CBB -- a discussion forum catering to invented languages & worlds
Reddit Worldbuilding -- general worldbuilding forum
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ConWorlds -- a general purpose worldbuilding discussion forum (defunct, posts still visible)
Better than that; there's a game that will do it.
Steam has a game called Universe Sandbox where you can line up different planets, stars, et al with different masses and trajectories. I've never tried it but as I understand it the game is capable of simulating the orbits of planets, stars and the like in a way that you can graphically see the results.
Tvtropes has an excellent article in their Useful notes section called "Gun Safety" as well as a write up of every military in the world, usually making an alliterative pun or historical joke in the title, allusion to a trademark weapon, or rhyming (the entry for the U.S. is called "Yanks with Tanks" while the UK's is "Brit's with Battleships").
Forgotten Weapons, run by Ian McCollum, is both a website and youtube channel. He offers apolitical discussion on a huge variety of firearms, often talking about the history, variations, and mechanics of said guns. He is still active, and has done videos ranging from two-shot muskets to anti-aircraft cannon.
The three big trade offs in any projection are fidelity of shape, fidelity of area, and keeping directions lined up on a grid. The last of these is useful for navigation, and is why the Mercator projection was used for centuries, but probably the least useful for accurately visualizing the world, so we can throw out that concern first.
From your comment ...
You have a few problems
Starting on the left, purple, you can't have a land mass between two places that were once joined,otherwise if you wind time back they can't join up because there is a land mass in the way.
Pale blue, you can't form spikes like that,not as a plate to plate break. You can't have a sharp V shaped spreading center, crust breaks in 120 ...
The answer is 1726. In Jonathan swift's Gulliver's Travels.
Laputa is a flying island described in the 1726 book Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. It is about 4.5 miles in diameter, with an adamantine base, which its inhabitants can maneuver in any direction using magnetic levitation. It has a cave in the very centre which is precisely there to gather ...
I don't think there is a single website or book I can point you to, but since I've spent a lot of time on similar searches, I'll try to give some general pointers.
First of all, keep in mind that the franchises you mention in turn got their information from somewhere else, so you can start by looking at their influences. Let's take Dwarves in Middle Earth: ...
The Universe Sandbox has the ability to simulate planetary physics. I doubt that it is 100% accurate, but as a tool for projecting a future it may fill your need.
Alternately, the math for working out roughly where a planet is in its orbit is not overly complicated. Find when their next perihelion/aphelion will occur, and simply add the time required to ...
a program with many premade parts to choose from and assemble them as you wish.
a 3D design software that allows you to build from scratch, there are several, far better programs for this but this is the best free one i can find. other than inventor pro which you could look into here: https://www.autodesk....
There are places in the world where IQ is low.
This table. https://www.worlddata.info/iq-by-country.php
ranks countries by average IQ. There are 12 with average IQ less than 70 and 25 countries with average IQ less than 80. Equatorial Guinea is last place with average IQ of 56, which is pretty low and that is the average, meaning lots of people are even ...
The arrangement you wish does not seem feasible.
If by "dim" star you mean a star that is dimmer than our sun, you are probably thinking of a red dwarf. Such stars are thought to be far from habitable, because:
The habitable zone around them requires a tidal lock;
They are usually flare stars, which means the star facing side of planets in the habitable is ...
The best possible source is a knowledgeable person. A visit to a range, joining a shooting club, or perhaps going on a hunting trip with a skilled hunter will allow you to see first hand what is being done, and allow you to ask questions right on the spot.
These sorts of people can also direct you to other sources of information, such as books, websites, ...
Our list of worldbuilding resources includes World Anvil, which sounds like it's what you're looking for.
Welcome, Worldbuilder! If you’re a writer or author, World Anvil is a game-changer in the best way possible! Our integrated worldbuilding system is the perfect World Bible for storing your setting information, images and research. Our mentions system ...
Aristophanes, The Birds, 414 BCE
The Birds (Greek: Ὄρνιθες Ornithes) is a comedy by the Ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes. It was performed in 414 BCE at the City Dionysia where it won second prize. (Wikipedia, s.v. The Birds (play))
Aristophanes, a Greek playwright, wrote and directed a drama The Birds, first performed in 414 BCE, in which ...
The Hero with a Thousand Faces (wiki link here). This is the book to read if you want to get some interesting perspectives on the commonality of mythology and stories throughout cultures. The author's thesis is that much of mythology follows the same basic story, which he calls the "monomyth". It is comprised, basically, of the following story, quoted ...
James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, 1890. The Wikipedia article has links to several on-line editions. Warning! (1) It is a massive work. (2) It is addictive. (3) It is somewhat out of date anthropologically, but that shouldn't matter as a source of artistic inspiration.
Robert Graves, The White Goddess, 1948. Warning! It is a poetic / fantasy essay made ...
As @JBH has already mentioned World Anvil (great software, used it for a few things myself); I'll list a few other options I've used over the years (one currently):
I currently use Office 365 with OneNote for collaborating with others on research papers & know that several of them use it for writing and/or worldbuilding as well. It ...
Jack and the Beanstalk
More than 5,000 years old.
There exist many variants, the Wikipedia version of the story is thus:
Jack is a young, poor boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy
cow, on a farm cottage. The cow's milk was their only source of
income. When the cow stops giving milk, Jack's mother tells him to
take her to the market to be ...
As with many aspects of writing fantasy, the answer will almost always be "yes, of course! It's your world, you make up the rules!" Like: Can I have dragons? YES. Can I have Elves? YES. Can I have portals? YES. Can I have polydimensional beings that ordinarily consist of dissociated arrays of tentacles bilocate into our universe as large purple ...
I'm a 3D Generalist, and I'll give my quick thoughts:
Any decent 3D DCC (Digital Content Creation) tool will handle this task well, whether it's Modo, Blender, Maya, 3DS, Lightwave or Cinema 4D: Blender's free, Modo is super-artist friendly, Maya & 3DS are the 800-lb gorillas as they're Autodesk.
All of 'em would work - for me, I'd choose to do this in ...
- Helium: White to Orange; under some conditions may be Gray, Blue, or Greenish-blue.
- Neon: Reddish-orange
- Argon: Violet to Pale Lavender Blue
- Krypton: Gray, Off-White to Green. At high peak currents, bright Bluish-white.
- Xenon: Gray or Bluish-gray, dim White. At high peak currents, very bright Greenish-blue.
If you have photoshop (or similar programs), then it is fairly easy. Load your map and, on a new layer, start using the free-draw selection tool (lasso in phsp) to trace an elevation line over the topology. Edit>stroke make the stroke thin. Then repeat the process for each elevation. You can use another layer and the rings to make color-coded terrain ...
I originally voted to close this question as a duplicate of What computational resources would work for a 550-year climate forecast of our earth?
One of the answers to that question is for Universe Sandbox2, which looks an awful lot like what you're looking for — especially if you look past the pretty pictures and actually read about the tool. It isn'...
If you want to simulate Earth weather and climate, the Apache's Open Climate Workbench is one open source solution. Open Climate Workbench
If OCW is too confining for your purposes, then maybe you can use the solutions that are used to simulating climates on exoplanets. UofW has published papers on that topic.
And, one of their papers is accessible under ...
Yes, it is a very common clichè.
To make it into a less common clichè, perhaps, you could have that your world is already hell, but people just don't realize it.
For travelling across dimensions that exist in the same world:
For a world that has gates to other dimensions:
Hold on, let me explain... Keeping our everyday force-field magic, fireball jutsu and wand waiving aside, you might want to take this ability into consideration.
Lets break down this ability step-by-step.
Telekinetic ability, as defined by Wikipedia, is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without ...