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Orbital Abnormalities

Post by Admin on Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:02 pm

Novalyse is set on a oblique Orbit around Khrysis, the systems source of light. Due to the angularity of the orbit the planet cycles through quarters of different light patterns. Two quarters, known as Daybreak, are the two quarters of the planets rotation in which the surface is closest to the sun. During these non-consecutive times the days are long with scorching heat and only a few hours of night. The other two quarters, known as Long Night, are the non-consecutive quarters of the planets rotation reaching the farthest points away from the sun. At the peak of the Long Nights there will be a duration of ten days without sunlight.
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Re: Orbital Abnormalities

Post by Chaiyanlamo on Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:23 am

quick questions (sorry if you already went over this) - how long are these quarters? Is the rotation of the planet such that it basically matches the orbit so that "day" is always at the nearest point of rotation and "night" at the farthest point of rotation? or are there periods of light during the long night and periods of dark during day break?

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Re: Orbital Abnormalities

Post by Admin on Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:39 pm

On earth days and nights are due to the rotation of the earth, this is the same for Novalyse. The long night and baybreak quarters are caused by the distance the planet is away from the sun. The orbit takes the planet from being the second closest to the sun to the second farthest over the course of a full orbit around the sun. Assuming that the years are the same (simply because I don't want to have to create a new system for it) the quarters are about the same length as a season on earth.

More specifically, the ten days of night during the long night is not completely pitch black. It is more of a muted twilight as the sun's rays are just so distant that they diffuse immensely before reaching the surface.
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