Pahvo – Planet of Peace (Pt 1)

After seven weeks of shiny corridors and Klingon intrigue, Star Trek Discovery has finally unveiled its first planet. It has two moons, blue trees, a global hive mind, and a message of peace we quarrelsome humans need to hear. Also the whole planet rings like a tuning fork – but that is less implausible than you might […]

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Titan, the petrol moon

There are only three non-giant planets we know of that have thick atmospheres. One is Earth (just right). One is Venus (just so wrong). And one is a moon where the rain is made of methane, the lava is made of water, and the waves serenely roll over oceans of LNG.

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In the news: Kepler’s latest haul

NASA kicked off Exoplanet Week with a big announcement from the Kepler space telescope: 219 new planet candidates, fresh-baked for you in the constellation of Cygnus. The haul includes 10 ‘Earth-like’ planets which really got the international press salivating. At this rate we should be expecting a phone call from ET any day now.

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The Forest Moon of Endor

When the Imperials went looking for a quiet spot to host Emperor Palpatine’s personal retreat, the Forest Moon of Endor must have seemed a natural choice. It’s 46,000 light-years from the office, populated by cuddly locals, and features verdant woods which are completely dissimilar to the redwood forests of upstate California. No wonder this treechanger’s paradise also goes by another name – the Sanctuary Moon.

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Hello world(s)

Welcome to Build Me a Planet, where we take imaginary worlds from fantasy and science fiction and figure out what it would take to build them in real life. Along the way we’ll discover some surprising new facts about familiar settings, and prove the adage that truth really is stranger than fiction.

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