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Circulation cells and köppen climates of my world

This world’s average surface temperature is 42°c. Has a day length of 12 hours and 5 minutes. Has an obliquity of 87°. And, has a mainly oxygen/nitrogen atmosphere that is 4.76 the pressure of Earth’s ...
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How do Hill spheres work for binary planets?

A small moon is able to maintain a stable orbit around a planet at just under half the radius of the planet's Hill sphere. Most of Jupiter's moons are in this configuration, possibly made more stable ...
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Blood on this ammonia planet

I am currently building a planet that weighs about 4 earth masses and is 2.3 earth radii long. It is an ammonia planet (as the title suggests), and has ammonia oceans with some dissolved water ice, ...
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What are the orbital perturbations needed to destabilize a system to the point of taking some bodies out of resonance and kicking out another?

I have a gas giant with a mass of $1.63314\times10^{27}kg$ and a radius of 66,559.052km and orbiting it are 4 moons. It orbits a star with 0.86M☉ at a distance of 5.03AU My question is what ...
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How does one calculate the baseline color of a world's sky, clouds, snow, and water?

I'm working on a planet for a book I'm hoping to write. I want it to be scientifically accurate wherever possible. I know that suspended particles can completely change these colors, but it looks like ...
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Can a Pterosaur-style wing membrane attach directly to the exoskeleton?

art by ticklemecthulhu In my world of arthropod-like creatures (in that most of the creatures have an exoskeleton rather than an endoskeleton), I wished for a group of my aliens to convergely evolve ...
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How would silicon life work with silane compounds instead of silicone?

I've seen all of the silicon based stuff, but those require high temperatures. I am planning on doing something in a cold area, where I wanted a character to be silicon based. I learned that you need ...
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Sun-like star system with less water close to the frost line

Normally in sun-like planetary systems, there are small rocky planets around the habitable zone or closer and gas giants beyond the frost line. Typically these gas giants later migrate inwards due to ...
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Fixing my multi-lunar/planetary System

So I'm working on a fictional system that is based on several habitable moons orbiting a Gas Giant. The Specifics are as follows: Mass of the central Star (Currently): 3 Solar Masses Mass of the Gas ...
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Procedural Atmosphere for exoplanet - pseudorealistic composition, pressure etc

I have a programme built in python and rust, procedurally generating stars, planets, etc. I have come to a point where I have to work on atmospheric characteristics, hopefully managing to get a pseudo-...
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How low into the latitude may ice shelves reach?

I am currently working on the effects of glaciers on my continents. My main source is Madeline James, a bit of Worldbuilding Pasta, and Google. My question is the title. Would the area circled in red ...
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How magnitude affects angular diameter/resolution

Let's say you look at two relatively dim stars in the night sky. They are close to each other, but they are far away enough that you can distinguish one from the other. But what if one of them is much ...
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Stability in my habitable planet orbiting a binary system

I'm making a worldbuilding project mainly focussed arround an habitable planet that orbits a binary system and I have a question about my system. My planetary system is an S-type (A main star in the ...
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Soil Types Sanity Check

I'm in the process of making a strategy game. I am using the FAO soil classification system for handling soils; the soil in a given tile has four characteristics: production limit (how much food you ...
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Pathogenic Hive-Intelligence When Critical Mass is Reached

Could there be a virus or amoeba or protist or bacteria (or fungal but that is over-used in pop culture) that infects humans (and possibly other lifeforms) that by itself is not sentient but as they ...

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