Real Planets Archive

Sciency Words: Planetary Protection

Until recently, planetary protection has been a fairly esoteric concern. But now we know there’s water

Sciency Words: Planet X

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

Sciency Words: Ice Giant

Depending on whom you ask, our Solar System has either four gas giants or only two.

Sciency Words: Uranus

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

Eyeball Earths

Could tidally locked planets support life, even human life? Maybe, but that would require the planet

Terraforming Venus

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