What are some cool kinds of exotic planets that you think could exist?
I know about some, like chthonic planets, ocean worlds, and that kind of stuff, but let's forget what's already known and just have some wild conjecture
If a planet with massive oceans got abundant fractures to a very great depth, and ended up having those fractures fill with water which then froze, then somehow lost water, it could have truly massive cave systems.
Binary/double planets. Two Earth-sized rocky planets of equal size orbiting each other and tidally locked so one side always faces the other. They'd orbit extremely closely, only half a diameter of the planet away. According to simulations this is possible.
We're close to being that now. Earth and Luna nearly form a double planet. Two of three requirements are already met:
1. Each orbits the sun on a path that's everywhere concave.
2. The smaller body is much closer to the other body's mass, unlike most moons which are much tinier than the parent body's mass.
If the barycenter of the Earth-Luna system was outside the body of the Earth itself, then we'd qualify as a real double-planet system. Currently the barycenter is located about 1000 miles within the Earth.
Man I'd like to be a lone prospector in them thar hills. Just me and me and my robot slaves mining away until I've got enough of the mother load. Then it would be Steak and gravy every day.
>2. The smaller body is much closer to the other body's mass
The Earth's mass is 81 times Luna, while it's diameter is less than 4 times. Meanwhile Pluto's mass is less 7 times the mass of charon and less than twice the diameter. The moon is also 20 times further away from Earth on average than Charon is from Pluto. So although we're closer to a double planet than Mars or the Jovian planets we're still a long ways off, and again this isn't even close to what >>7643471 suggested.
Rogue planets with enough geothermal energy to support life.
Planets orbitting a brown dwarf close enough to be supportive of life.
Binary planets that support life, but one is carbon based. The other is not.
I imagine planets were the species aren't so limited by the basic laws.
Got this from the same exact starting conditions. It's weird I didn't change a thing just reran the simulation and sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I guess it takes into account quantum effects. Screenshot so you can see the planets too.
>meanwhile 10 minutes later
This has got me thinking. What if two planets were on such close orbits they shared a moon. Like the moon would orbit one planet for awhile then when they got to close it would go to the other planet for awhile then com back again. And I'm talking extremely consistent period cycles of this. Do you think this is possible as far as stability is concerned?
Oh, kaaay. Lighter than air plants, literally flying around in the air. Huge and gossamer-like, leaves have 'balloons' on them like some seaweeds containing hydrogen synthesised from water, hence lighter than-air.
Other planets just like Earth, with oceans and landscapes thriving with life. But just like Earth because there are human-type beings that have inhabited it just like we've inhabited Earth. Those human-type beings however, were placed on those planets by "scientists" and are closely monitored all for a science experiment...
Sometimes however, these human-type beings get a little out of control. This trial has to be ended before other consequences arise. So the Earth-like planet with the human-type inhabitants is destroyed completely. This Earth-like planet once with oceans and landscapes thriving with life is now a barren wasteland. No life or anything; all obliterated... *cough Mars cough*... And now that one trial out of many has ended.
The "scientists" now start another trial on a planet not so far away with just the right features to house the human-like beings. The life is fairly similar so the human-like beings will coexist with the natural surroundings (sort of). Some adjustments are made and the human-type beings are placed. The scientists help them get on their feet and the new trial as begun.
This trial is still existent today; these human-type beings have colonized all over thier planet creating large scale 'hives' where they all swarm together. They've come up with innovative ways to solve their local problems such as health deficiencies and boredom. They are advancing technologically in many ways keeping this trial a successful one thus far.
However, even though they are all fundamentally and biologically the same, they've divided themselves into groups and these groups fight each other resulting in the deaths of many of these human-like beings. This makes the "scientists" confused and monitors more closely. They want for these human-type beings to exist as a whole, not divided up into groups that keep fighting with each other.
If they don't come together as a whole and live in peace and harmony, especially now that they have weapons of mass destruction, the "scientists" might have to call off this trial as well. Hopefully these human-type beings will realize what they are doing is wrong and will start to fix themselves. Or else their planet will also end up a barren wasteland.
Just the trial, not the whole experiment. In an experiment you have more than one trial.
If you're doing an experiment, and one of your trials catch fire, do you just let it sit there and burn everything? No, you take note and stop it from damaging other stuff. You use your new knowledge to make adjustments so that in the next trial, that outcome doesn't happen again.
Not all experiments are the same either.
Always wanted to see more of Neptune, and Neptune-like planets. Diamond rainfall and a depth of 7000kms, liquid diamond oceans in the mantle with floating diamond masses. Wish we could send a probe down to take pictures ;_;
A planet completely covered in slime mold ass looking organisms that work together to form a global super organism with a single conciousness.
Saw it in some documentary. Still my favorite idea.
What causes the planet to passively radiate though?
And what if there were two such planets orbiting in such a way that they would mostly be very far apart, but sometimes come extremely close?
Something like that, yeah:
Quaternary system, looks stable to me.
Yeah, it's a binary binary. I wonder if I can make a octonary.
The water could be superheated by the volcanoes deep in the caves, it would condense as clouds in the atmosphere then rain down and make supermassive rivers into these hypercaves. Shits cash yo