Real Planets Archive
Sciency Words: Planetary Protection
Until recently, planetary protection has been a fairly esoteric concern. But now we know there’s water
Planet X is perhaps the most abused term in modern astronomy. The name has been coopted
Depending on whom you ask, our Solar System has either four gas giants or only two.
As we continue our voyage through the Solar System, we now reach a planet that has
Sciency Words: Lobate Scarps (Is Mercury Shrinking?)
Since the Solar System formed 4.5 billion years ago, Mercury has decreased in size by about
Colonizing Mercury: How to Live There
If you hunger for a quaint, frontier life far from the noise and bustle of modern
Artifexian: Gas Giant Facts
Think rings systems and diamond oceans and you start to get a feel for the awe
Sciency Words: Hill Sphere (Why Doesn’t Mercury Have a Moon?)
Mercury does not and probably cannot have a moon. Why? Because the Sun is a bully.
Colonizing Mercury: How To Get There
In several recent posts, I’ve said that nobody wants to live on Mercury. It’s too hot.
Google’s New Map of the Milky Way
Google have released a new interactive 3D model of the galaxy, and it features no less
An Introduction to Worldbuilding with Artifexian
To encourage you all to think more about the scientific realism of the worlds featured in
Gravity Balloons: Colonizing the Asteroid Belt
Maybe a civilization in the center of Phobos will be more pivotal than one on the
Could tidally locked planets support life, even human life? Maybe, but that would require the planet
Some useful information about terraforming Venus, provided by Dmitriy Ivashchenko of the Mars Terraforming Corporation.
Kepler Discovers Twin Water Worlds
While I was working on creating two fictional planets, NASA was busy discovering their real-life counterparts.
Story Idea: The Last Man on Second Earth
The 'last man on Earth' format has been done several times before, so I got to
KOI-961: The Miniature Star System
A team working in Austin Texas have discovered a miniature star system, including three of the
Habitable Exoplanets Catalog
If you are looking for a habitable planet to feature in your story, novel or game,
How Many Planets Are There in the Solar System?
How many planets are there in the Solar System? Is Pluto still a planet? Exactly what
Sedna – Last Gas for 600 Lightyears
Sedna is the most distant planet from the sun and is smaller even than Pluto. While