Monthly Archives: July 2010

Another good set of resources

Daistallia, over on the Zompist board posted a new thread with lots of useful world-building links, here. In that same thread, I found a link to a world-builders community. They have some more links in a thread here. At first … Continue reading

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Galactic Census

This is taken from the 1978 edition of Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy (pg. 313, to be precise). Gross inventory of our Galaxy Stars Total number: 1011(I’ve heard 200 billion elsewhere) Binary or multiple: 70% White dwarfs: 15% Spectral class O-B: … Continue reading

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Cultural Oddities

Last night, my wife was telling me about a person of her close acquaintance who can get teared up looking at needlepoint. This came up after I mentioned a sociologist I heard on NPR. This fellow had mentioned that in … Continue reading

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Bag of Goodies!!!

Here are some links to some useful stuff. We have planetary fact sheets from the nice people at NASA. Pretty smart folks when they remember to keep track of their units… Sorry. A bit of snide from my engineering-school days. … Continue reading

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Planetary Demolition Derby

Ever since taking part in this thread, I’ve been concerned about the influence of the Kozai Mechanism on the formation and retention of habitable planets in multiple star systems. All of that variation in eccentricity(0.9!!!) can’t be conducive to life. … Continue reading

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An Explosion of Equations(Orbital Edition)

Okay, so here is where I start hitting you with equations. There won’t be any requirement to derive these from basic principles(although, sometimes, that’s how I came up with them), so if you have a good calculator you can just … Continue reading

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