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Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 25 Jan 2018 00:21
by evildrganymede
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 tidally heated moons that are so hot (over 700°C) that they emit a red light that illuminates the other objects in the system, which would otherwise be in total darkness. This provides a reason to go visit planemos and get some nice pictures!
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Another thing (possibly? Not sure if this is deliberate) is the central region of the Arp 148 galaxy (a galactic collision site) seems to be unusually rich in nebulae - it looks like there are a lot more in the background too:
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Has anyone else come across something that emerged from the procedural generation like this? 

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 26 Jan 2018 09:54
by evildrganymede
Nobody else has found anything like this?

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 26 Jan 2018 13:33
by Gnargenox
I don't think this pattern was intended, just a random Gaussian process I guess.
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Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 29 Sep 2018 16:12
by atuhalpa
I found contact binaries but I have lost them. What description are contact binaries under?

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 29 Sep 2018 23:39
by Stellarator
Gnargenox wrote:
Source of the post just a random Gaussian process I guess.

Are you sure? Could be an exotic type of life :ugeek:.

Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 29 Sep 2018 23:46
by Watsisname
Nature (kind of) has a precedent.  It reminds me of the terraced bacteria mats around Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic spring:

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Unexpected (emergent?) discoveries in SE?

Posted: 30 Sep 2018 03:09
by vlad01
I found a planemo moon with life before. Also appeared to had some tidal heating enough that it has sub glacial life.