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by evildrganymede
26 Jan 2018 09:54
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?
Replies: 12
Views: 2499

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Nobody else has found anything like this?
by evildrganymede
25 Jan 2018 00:21
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?
Replies: 12
Views: 2499

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

I'm just wondering what sort of things people have found in SE that they didn't expect (or possibly that the dev didn't expect either), that emerged out of the procedural generation and the way the program works. For example, I was surprised by the incandescent moons around Planemos. These are tidal...
by evildrganymede
24 Jan 2018 22:35
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: Where are the procedural Subdwarfs and Bright Giants? (size VI and II) [0.9.8.0]
Replies: 4
Views: 1490

Where are the procedural Subdwarfs and Bright Giants? (size VI and II) [0.9.8.0]

I've never found any Subdwarfs (VI) or Bright Giants (II) in SE 0.9.8.0 - subdwarfs should be around somewhere at least, since they're in the Star Browser list of stars that can be searched for, and I can't think of a reason for Bright Giants not to exist here.  Perhaps there are some real named one...
by evildrganymede
24 Jan 2018 21:32
Forum: Development
Topic: Do you play ships?
Replies: 56
Views: 15088

Do you play ships?

What does flying around as a ship provide that flying around as a disembodied POV doesn't offer? (I'm honestly curious, I've never 'played' SE with a ship before).
by evildrganymede
24 Jan 2018 13:51
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?

ideally I think the binary system should start off (in the computation process) as two main sequence stars, in which the more massive star evolves off the main sequence first into a remnant (WD, NS or BH). So the companion should be created based on in the initial mass of the remnant's progenitor st...
by evildrganymede
23 Jan 2018 00:04
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Strange sightings
Replies: 183
Views: 38259

Strange sightings

I found a real doozy of a system here - a warm Terra world orbiting a planemo! https://i.imgur.com/f5AkoC6.png It's somewhat toasty at 56°C, but this is a Terra (with oceans!) that is being warmed by an incandescent moon (ironically, the dark body on the left, but it has a temperatur...
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 22:47
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?

Black Hole Binaries are similarly affected - they seem to be rarer but the five black hole primaries that showed up on my search within 1000 ly all had L V companions. So with black holes it looks like the primary:companion mass ratio is more like 100:1! 
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 22:04
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?

Neutron Star binaries are similarly odd - a lot of their companions are M or L dwarfs (so their mass ratios are even smaller), but they also seem to have a higher chance of having a WD companion or even another neutron star as a companion. I've not run into any NS with any other kind of companion so...
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 20:30
Forum: Troubleshooting and Solutions
Topic: White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

White dwarf binaries - why so many M/L V companions?

It's curious because Elite Dangerous's Stellar Forge does the same thing. I'm wondering if they share a common flaw or if the devs on both are using some scientific literature that claims that WDs should have smaller companions that I'm unaware of... 
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 13:29
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Strange sightings
Replies: 183
Views: 38259

Strange sightings

Is this the video you meant to post? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAzUBBlcM0g

Looks weird... you have a moon going one way over the planet, and then the same one going the other way? retrograde motion maybe (if it's another moon around a GG)? 
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 11:48
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: Science and Astronomy News
Replies: 658
Views: 83802

Science and Astronomy News

https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/how-big-can-a-non-rotating-neutron-star-grow-before-it-collapses-and-becomes-a-black-hole The maximum mass of a non-rotating neutron star seems to be about 2.16 solar masses? (rotating ones can be about 20% higher, if I read that right). This may be a good limiter fo...
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 10:37
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Image Dump
Replies: 2496
Views: 309502

Image Dump

Here's a whole album of pics from my travels around the universe -  https://imgur.com/a/9VVlU some samples (all of these are systems found in 0.9.8.0, full details and locations are in the album): cyclonic weather system on an ice giant: https://i.imgur.com/O5cSWsy.png A system in the tail of one of...
by evildrganymede
22 Jan 2018 00:06
Forum: Science and Astronomy Discussions
Topic: How galaxies/nebulae actually look.
Replies: 16
Views: 4316

How galaxies/nebulae actually look.

Oh i see! But that means the nebula is as bright as it was when viewed say from Earth - so I guess I should have said "as we get closer, the nebula doesn't get any brighter" rather than "as we get closer, the nebula should actually get dimmer". Either way nebulae certainly should...
by evildrganymede
21 Jan 2018 22:55
Forum: Space Journeys
Topic: Strange sightings
Replies: 183
Views: 38259

Strange sightings

Neat! I was kinda expecting they'd have a comet tail too or something though, or a really thick hazy atmosphere layer or something - I guess this one looked a bit too "normal" to me so I wondered if it was bugged.