Building the ultimate Solar System

A while back I performed an experiment called build a better Solar System.  The game was to make better use of the Solar System’s habitable real estate.  In the game I was required to keep all of the Solar System’s planets (and large moons) and their orbital configurations.  Just by switching the orbits of different planets and moons I built a Solar System with seven potentially habitable worlds!  Here is what it looked like:

A re-imagined Solar System with seven potentially life-bearing planets!  The liquid water habitable zone is shaded in green.

A re-imagined Solar System with seven potentially life-bearing planets! The liquid water habitable zone is shaded in green.  For an explanation of how I came up with this, see this post.

This better system is a little different than the Solar System we have now.  Venus became one of Jupiter’s moons, Jupiter took Mars’ orbit, Mars took Venus’ orbit, and Earth’s moon was switched out for Titan (currently Saturn’s largest moon).  Good stuff.

Let’s take this game to the next level.  I want to build the ultimate Solar System.  I want to build a planetary system with the most possible habitable worlds. 

I hope you are not asking yourself why.  It’s all about imagination.  But, imagination constrained by science (and, to a lesser extent, by reality).  Imagine all the stories you could tell about a system with lots of habitable worlds!  Alliances, wars, vacations on other planets, even orbital trickery!

Let’s do this systematically.  I’ll discuss one piece of the puzzle at a time, then we’ll put them together.  I’m going to go nuts and do this all next week (19-23 May 2014).  Here is the layout (I’ll add links as these are posted).

1. What kind of star do we want? (Mon)

2. What kind of planets do we want? (Tues)

3. What types of orbits should planets have? (Weds)

4. Ninja moves: moons and co-orbitals (Thurs)

5. Putting it all together: some ultimate planetary systems.  (Fri)

 

Here we go!

 

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  1. #1 by John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav) on June 6, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Reblogged this on Tales of the Undying Singer and commented:
    Fascinating!

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