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Eyeball Planets
Posted: Posted August 16th, 2018
Edited August 17th, 2018 by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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Eyeball planets are earth like planets that are tidally locked to their star, meaning that one side of the planet is always facing the star while the other side is always facing away.. This also means that one half of the planet is always blazing hot while the other half is icy cold. The only habitable area would be the twilight zone (pun kind of intended) between the day and night sides in which it's neither too hot or cold. Thus the ecosystem on this type of planet would be pretty much limited to this zone. Needless to say the ecosystem on eyeball planets would be more inhibited than on earth, though there would still be plenty of room for cambrain explosion like events and for animal and even tribal life to diversify and spread out though the twilight zone. The only thing is that it might take the algal bloom period of these planets a little longer to oxygenate the atmosphere of the planet since they can't spread as far. I don't know how easy it would be for a civilization like ours to develop but it would certainly have the time to. Eyeball planets are a common planet in red dwarf solar systems, and a red dwarf can live for up to a trillion years. Many dozens of times longer than our sun. So getting to space wouldn't be as much of a priority for these guys as it might be for us. This also makes eyeball planets one of the most common planets in the Universe since red dwarfs vastly outnumber any other type of star.

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gotta buy up as much twilight zone real estate as possible because the rest of these planets looks like it'd be a real eyesore

thank you and goodnight

Posted August 16th, 2018 by poptart!
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badum tss

Posted August 17th, 2018 by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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No love = No future

Whatever the civilization looks like, they'd have to planet carefully.

Posted August 17th, 2018 by Black Yoshi
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Honestly eyeball planets would probably be the most likely planet type to support life. If life needs a certain temperature to survive, then hitting that wonderful "goldilocks zone" is really really difficult, while no matter where an eyeball planet is there will be *some* twilight band that works well for it.

Posted August 17th, 2018 by Xhin
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That's pretty much true. Hot eyeball planets closer to their star would have their habitable band more on the night time side of the planet while cold eyeball planets would have their habitable band closer to the day time side. Obviously they can't be too close or far away but they are afforded more leeway I think.

Posted August 17th, 2018 by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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No love = No future

This looks so cool! Why don't we see this more in video games and movies?

Posted August 17th, 2018 by mariomguy
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Wait till I talk about doughnut planets.

Posted August 18th, 2018 by Louis De Pointe du Lac
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Wait, donut planets are actually a thing?!

@Pink Peruvian Flying Bear: if you ever return.

Posted August 18th, 2018 by Xhin
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I thought there was only a joke about the earth being doughnut shaped. I didn't know there were actually doughnut planets.

Posted August 18th, 2018 by KnokkelMillennium
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I thought there was only a joke about the earth being doughnut shaped. I didn't know there were actually doughnut planets

its a hypothetical

Edited August 19th, 2018 by Brandy
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Whatever the civilization looks like, they'd have to planet carefully.


Does the idea really stand up to inspection?


Posted April 22nd by chiarizio
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