planets Archive

Sciency Words: Binary Planet

Pluto and Charon have such an unusual relationship with each other that modern scientific literature often

Sciency Words: Ring Arcs

The existence of these arcs doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Ring particles should spread

Sciency Words: Planet X

Planet X is perhaps the most abused term in modern astronomy. The name has been coopted

Sciency Words: Cantaloupe Terrain

This heavily dimpled surface topography, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the skin of a cantaloupe,

Starting Point: The Hydrocarbon Boom

Winston moved along the pumping platform's superstructure, made more difficult by his environsuit. "Damn hose!" he

Sciency Words: Hot Jupiter

Today’s post is part of a special series that first appeared on Planet Pailly. Every week,

Sciency Words: Chaos Terrain

The resulting terrain will look truly bizarre—chaotic, you might say!—with huge ice blocks jutting up above

7 (Poké)planet Types | Artifexian

Terrestrial planets can be so much more than just barren, rocky planets or earth analogs. In

The Trouble with Terrestrial Planets | Artifexian

When constructing terrestrial planets, a worldbuilder needs to work with three important variables: mass, radius and

Artifexian: Extrasolar Gas Giants

As I’ve mentioned before giant planets are often, wrongfully, left out of the worldbuilding process. Even

Artifexian: Gas Giant Facts

Think rings systems and diamond oceans and you start to get a feel for the awe

Starting Point: Aunt Chelsea’s Planet

I should have sold it. I still can, but now I know too much about the

Sciency Words: Eccentricity

According to Kepler’s laws, no planet has a perfectly circular orbit. The “established norm” is



Artifexian – Lagrange Points and more Trojan Ramblings

Sick of having just one planet per orbit? Need a location for your space habitat? Want

Starting Point: Gardeners of Paradise

This week’s story starting point is a response to all the recent talk about utopian sci-fi.

Artifexian – Perception of the Heavens

The maths behind how your world is perceived.

Planet Profile: Salsola

A planet with an extreme axial tilt where life flourishes.

Artifexian: Build Your Own Anti-Tatooine

Edgar explains how to build an S-type star system.

Artifexian: Build Your Own Tatooine

Want to set your science fiction story on a planet with twin suns? This short video