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While I was working on creating two fictional planets, NASA was busy discovering their real-life counterparts.
This FICTIONAL planet has extremely large polar regions. Human habitation is restricted to a thin band of temperate climate around the planet’s equator.
The ‘last man on Earth’ format has been done several times before, so I got to thinking, what if the story were set on another planet. These kinds of story also only get interesting when the character realizes that he’s not the last man on Earth, so I played around with this a little too.
A team working in Austin Texas have discovered a miniature star system, including three of the smallest extra-solar planets so far discovered.
If you are looking for a habitable planet to feature in your story, novel or game, you can’t go far wrong by looking at the extra-solar planets we’ve already discovered.
How many planets are there in the Solar System? Is Pluto still a planet? Exactly what is a ‘dwarf planet’? I’m confused. All your questions, and more, will be answered in this article.
Sedna is the most distant planet from the sun and is smaller even than Pluto. While this may seem to be a useless lump of frozen rock at first, its extreme distance may actually make it very useful to the interstellar traveller.
After the Alpha Centauri System, Epsilon Eridani is the most mentioned star system in science fiction, but what is it really like? Is it really all that interesting?
Alpha Centauri is to science fiction what Amsterdam is to teenaged boys; a distant glimmer of hope, seducing us with promises of our first interstellar adventure and the possibility of that long-awaited first contact. It’s a scientists wet dream and the first port of call for all galactic backpackers. It’s so near, and yet so far.