Tidally Locked Planets

Discussion in 'Planets and Environments' started by CrazyKillerKid, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. CrazyKillerKid

    CrazyKillerKid Void-Bound Voyager

    Some planets in the universe are tidally locked with their stars.
    This means that their rotation speed is the same as their orbit, so one side is always facing its star, and the other is always facing away from its star.

    Because of this, one side of the planet will always be scolding hot, while the other side will always freezing. However, there is a small section in the middle where the temperature is perfect, water can be a liquid, and normal life can be sustained.

    I think it would be nice if we had planets where one half was volcanic and the other half was frozen, but the middle would be forest.

    It would look something like this:
    Also, the volcanic side would always be daytime and the freezing side would always be nighttime.

    So, the sun would only move when you walk around.
  2. SnailsAttack

    SnailsAttack Void-Bound Voyager

    This sounds like a really interesting idea. Nice concept art as well!
  3. Caaros the King of Chaos

    Caaros the King of Chaos Void-Bound Voyager

    I don't think the scolding side would be molten, as that would require volcanic planet-side activity. Maybe just a really hot desert.
    Otherwise, cool idea.
  4. CrazyKillerKid

    CrazyKillerKid Void-Bound Voyager

    If one side of a planet is always facing it's star, the star would melt that side of the planet and create magma.
  5. Caaros the King of Chaos

    Caaros the King of Chaos Void-Bound Voyager

    Fair enough.
  6. S.A.A.

    S.A.A. Subatomic Cosmonaut

    According to this article, tidally locked planets can be habitable, but with violent storms. :D
  7. Hoddmimir

    Hoddmimir Cosmic Narwhal

    This is a great suggestion. Right in line with the kind of suggestions I've been wanting to make for more realistic (but awesome) planet types in the universe. It should be possible to simply turn off the night/ day cycle on certain planets, but I'm not sure how much work would have to go into it for them to make the nice habitable biome appear right at the two locations where night meets day. I suspect it is doable, just more complicated then randomly generating the biome locations. Very good suggestion though.
  8. RobedRebel

    RobedRebel Void-Bound Voyager

    So, would the difficulty tier vary between the hot, forest, cold, or would it all be the same?
  9. Hoddmimir

    Hoddmimir Cosmic Narwhal

    It would probably all have to be the same since it is the same planet. Otherwise they would have to completely change the way they do the difficulty programming.
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  10. RobedRebel

    RobedRebel Void-Bound Voyager

    Ok, I see what you mean. :nod:

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