Include "extrasolar planet" in generator?

Anonymous's picture
September 17, 2007 - 1:36pm
Corvus wrote:
I feel it necessary to point out that every planet not in orbit around Sol is "extrasolar". I don't think the term needs to be included here, because beyond the eight majors and numerous dwarfs in this system, it means, literally, every other planet, including every planet that would be generated by this thing.

my understanding is a planet that does not orbit a star.
so I was thinking it would be cool to find a planet in deep space.

...but I can remove it.

CleanCutRogue's picture
September 17, 2007 - 1:45pm
I like the idea - Star Wars calls 'em Rogue Planets... a cool name if ya ask a guy with a screenname like CleanCutRogue :-)
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Corjay (not verified)
September 17, 2007 - 2:18pm
Yeah, let's go with "rogue planet". Corvus is technically correct.

However, technically a rogue planet is going to be a ball of ice, not even minable at absolute zero. Maybe there could be something that keeps the planet thermally alive, but there would still be a lack of light, unless the plant life produces a large amount of phospherous. Then the phospherous would have to be getting the light energy from someplace. The core? Maybe there's lots of zinc and copper in the mantle so that the alkaloids in the plants produce enough energy to charge the phospherous. But what side-effects would that have? Could such plants be harvested for energy?