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  • Location Being crushed in agony on LHS-1140b
  • Interests Planetary SCIENCE, exoplanetology, modding, astronomy, astrobiology, [sub]atomic physics, SPAAAACE, Star Wars, Gravity Falls, KSP (duh), mathematics, scientific theories, and drawing. Also the TRAPPIST-1 system.

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  1. Maybe. The problem with Kerbol-scale stars is that they conflict with 10%-scale orbits. For example, Niobe is WAY too big in comparison to the orbits of its inner planets, Eotia and Kolasi. In fact, the former is essentially hovering over the star's surface when in real life it's still a good distance away. If I were to add a planet around a Sun-like star with a year of like one day, then it would be INSIDE the star! That's quite an issue if you have any plans of orbiting or landing on that planet. But maybe I'll add it as an optional feature in 1.3 or 1.4. Also apparently KSP 1.3 came out a few days ago. Dangit! I was going to work on my mods this weekend, but now I have to wait for a new version of Kopernicus to do so! I really hope 1.3 has some sort of secret planet-busting glitch I can exploit.
  2. Trappist-1 is just the first of 10% real-scale stars. I need to figure out how to shrink Kerbol as well.
  3. For certain types of planets (ocean worlds) and planets around red dwarfs, I take into account to optimistic zone. It's a lot more forgiving with the two examples I just mentioned.
  4. There have been issues with the SOIs of the stars, which have been reported to interfere with spacecrafts in the Kerbol system. I'm planning on fixing that for version 1.3.0. The reason why the update hasn't come out sooner is that I just wanted a bit of a break from modding, since I was developing IAR v1.3 and Upsilon Kandromedae at the same time. Quite a hassle. I'll probably resume development this weekend. Also... 10,000 DOWNLOADS! Thank you all for the great support! This is what keeps me developing IA-Revived, even during times when I felt like abandoning it. The huge amount of people interested in the pack has made me realize that giving up the mod would mean giving up on those wishing for more. Plus it would suck if over a year's worth of hard work were to die out like that.
  5. I've been waiting for this event for the last 10 years....I am desperate to NOT miss it, or else I probably will never forgive myself. (How would you feel if you prepared for a major event for a decade but missed it?) I'll be going down to Colombia, SC to see it - either flying (which is fun) or driving 19 hours (not fun). However, I'll be getting there around Saturday to enjoy a weekend at the coast, then head inland for the eclipse on Monday. I'm hoping to find an area with a decent amount of spectators - not too little, but not too much where you can't get a good view. I'll need a good view because recently I got a 5-foot camera tripod specifically for the event. My goal is to take a FULL video of the eclipse - before, during, and after totality - but still see it with my own eyes. After that I'm not too sure how long I'll be staying in SC. The good news is that my school won't start until after Labor Day, so unless there's a Hurricane Irene Sequel, I could spend a good day or two more.
  6. @AndrewDrawsPrettyPictures I found the research paper about 82 G. Eridani published this month, and it looks like there may be as much as SIX planets orbiting the star. The parameters for the three confirmed planets have been updated and constrained as well. It turns out that planet D is in the Optimistic Habitable zone with a temperature around 318*K. Based on its mass (almost 5 times that of Earth) and the star's low metal content, I think this world is actually an ocean planet!
  7. I really don't know much about it. I'll have to do some digging in the old PH chat.
  8. I've refrained from mentioning this for a few months now, but back in February the guys over at Planet Hunters/Exoplanet Explorers found a possible candidate orbiting about every 34 days.
  9. Definitely see Atlantis. There's also a cool looking cafe there that seems worth checking out.
  10. THE DAILY ROUNDUP I'll continue with TDR, because I doubt everyone wants to have to go visit another forum/chat page to hear about my discoveries. Anyways, over the last several days, thanks to the great work of users like Shutcheon, Vidar, and @Cabbink, the Red Dwarf Candidate Search has surpassed 100 candidates! Yay! But I've started to turn my attention to candidates around larger stars. For this Daily Roundup, I'll be listing some of the candidates I'VE found around larger stars from spectral types K through F. In addition, enjoy some of the weirdest star's I've ever found! EPIC 212157262 System: I found this just today, and it is a GREAT find. Both candidates are incredibly likely yet inhospitable to life as we know it. The first is a 3.08 RE planet taking about a week to orbit the parent star. As a result it is being roasted at 815*K (1,007.3*F). The next candidate - which I actually found first - is possibly a "Water Giant" like Gliese 1214b, with 2.25 times the radius of Earth and a year of 13.7 days. Its temperature is calculated to be around 656*K (721.1*F), which would result in a VERY steamy planet. Both are likely to be tidally locked with the host star. EPIC 220395236b: I hate this thing. Why? Because it makes my brain melt. the 3.2 Re ice giant orbits an F-type main sequence star with a "year" just 11.7 hours long. This thing is literally skimming right above the surface of the star! As a result it has the greatest temperature of any candidate I've ever come across - FORTY-SIX HUNDRED DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. This is so horrifically hot that I wonder whether this thing could exist or not. If it's real, then it may not be an ice giant...but rather an enormous rocky core leftover from a dead Hot Jupiter. As such it could either be the largest rocky planet in the Universe, or a pure black ice giant literally glowing a vibrant blood red. For months I've been looking for a planet truly suitable for the name "Tartarus", the Hell's Hell of Greek Mythology and the pit of absolute evil and terror. I think, after all this time, I've finally found a planet hellish enough to be worthy of such a name. EPIC 212516905: A very, very, VERY tiny ultracool dwarf star. It's quite small, even by TRAPPIST-1's standards. At 0.099 solar radii it's smaller than Jupiter! Oddly, it's more massive than TRAPPIST-1, having about 0.146 times the mass of the Sun. Its temperature is only around 2279*K (3,642.5*F), which - believe it or not - is nearly 1,000*F COOLER than Tartarus. Please, give me a break. On the bring side this star may have a planet similar to good old TRAPPIST-1g. That's a plus! EPIC 228712878b: A rather likely orange dwarf candidate planet. The host star is similar in size, mass and temperature as Kepler-62. Meanwhile, the planet is more similar to Neptune than any of the Kepler-62 planets, with 4.03 times the radius of Earth orbiting every 14.7108 days with a temperature of 515*K (467*F). Not a terrible place in the grand scheme of things. EPIC 201578486: The Deoxys Star (as I call it) has a bizarre double-helix light curve. It almost looks like a strand of DNA, hence its name. But believe it or not there are more of this weird "Helix Variables" running amok in the K2 data. Deoxys just happens to be the only one I've found. The parameters of the star may shed light onto why it produces such weird light fluctuations. It is quite large - 2.67 RSol and 1.888 MSol. On first glance it may seem like your rather typical orange sub-giant star (which are quite common in the K2 data, surprisingly), but it isn't. Deoxys is VERY hot - 7,273*K to be exact. This means the star is an A-Class Main Sequence star, which are a rather rare find in the entirety of the Kepler/K2 data. It's possible that certain sized A-class stars undergo the variations seen with Deoxys, but I will have to search more to fin out. EPIC 212679181b and EPIC 201205683b: Okay, I said that I won't do any red dwarf candidates this time...but I can't NOT talk about these two candidates. They belong to a rare group of very short-period Earth-sized to Super Earth-sized planets orbiting their red dwarf parents with years less than two days. As such there are incredibly hot (duh), much more hellish than most M-dwarf planets. The first of the two is a rather small 0.82 RE planet taking just 1.0547 days (25.313 hours) to orbit its star, resulting in a temperature in excess of 824*K (1,023.5*F). Now that we've got the most extreme one out of the way, it's time to move onto the next. It's even smaller (0.774 RE) and has a quicker year (0.57806 days/13.87 hours) than the first, but has a lower temperature of 782*K (947.9*F). That's because the host star is smaller as well, only around 21% the radius and 20% the mass of the Sun. EPIC 211087003b: I went crazy over this star a few months back due to the possibility of up to four ice giants around it. While a single planet is more likely, this is one of my best candidates EVER. The 4.42 RE candidate orbits the F-class host star once every 28.29789 days, resulting in a temperature of 687*K (776.9*F). As noted before, more planets are possible due to an unexplained large dip in the ExoFOP data not associated with this planet. If an actual candidate, it's a whopping 10.238 RE (based on a transit depth around 5625 ppm), but as of right now I am unable to figure out its orbital period and by extension its temperature and climate. EPIC 211319617b: Another planet that should not exist. The K-dwarf host star seems normal enough at 0.643 RSol, 0.676 MSol, and 5354*K. At first glance the only odd thing about the star is its unusually high temperature compared to that of other similar sized stars. However, everything falls apart when you read that it's metal content is a near-impossible -1.00 [Fe/H], with a huge error bar reaching as low as -1.57 [Fe/H]. A star this metal poor should NOT have ANY planets around it at all; there would be too little heavy material to form them. But here we have a 2.276 RE Mini-Neptune orbiting the star every 8.8674 days. And this is no "possible candidate" - oh no, its transits are so obvious even the blind can see that they're caused by a planet! Okay, that's quite a stretch...but you get the gist. It's obvious that a planet orbits the star, even though it makes no sense whatsoever. I'm so tempted to unleash my inner ShoddyCast on this planet...but I must resist. Okay, that's all I'm going to do for now. I've got a bunch of really good candidates (over 40 to be exact) that I forgot I put in their own collection, so I've got some more analysis to do. Who knows what weirdos will pop up next time?
  11. Two new potentially habitable planets! The first is a possible fourth planet of 82 G. Eridani, with about 10.26 times the mass of Earth orbiting every 331.41 days with a temperature around 249*K. Tagging @AndrewDrawsPrettyPictures.

    The next is AC 54 1646-46b, a 2.82 Me planet orbiting in the inner edge of the system's habitable zone. This was a star I planned to observe during the IRVEES program. And look at that - a reason to observe the star!

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    2. Urses


      Link please?

    3. AndrewDrawsPrettyPictures


      What I nice stroke of luck!

    4. Hypercosmic


      '10.26 times the mass of Earth' Most likely a gas dwarf. To me, it's just one of those optimistic potentially habitable planets.

  12. Oh, you want to talk about old? I've got a 4.5 billion year chunk of iron from the Sikhote-Alin (doubt I spelt that right) meteor fall back in 1947. Double-whammy!
  13. If anyone's wondering why I haven't been doing much with my mods, it's for a couple of reasons:

    • Got sick :(
    • Birthday stuff
    • I wanted to play KSP without any mods....okay except for Kerbal Engineer. But I wanted to play regularly after quite a while for working on IA-Revived and Upsilon Kandromedae (don't worry, the latter is going to be released soon).
    1. NSEP


      Get well soon bud. :wink:

    2. Urses


      Get well soon

    3. Cabbink


      Get Well Soon! BTW Have you Tried Dmp? It Supports Mods, so you could use your mods on servers. Get Better! :rep:

  14. I believe so. I am Marry Poppins, y'all groot.
  15. GOTG v2 has been out for a few weeks now, and no one has started a discussion thread on it yet? C'mon, where are the Marvel fans? Shows yourselves! Now, I shall start of the discussion with some of the greatest words ever uttered in the history of mankind: