380 light years from Earth,
near the double star Albereo, is a star which is the sun of a peopled planet —
a cloudy, solar-powered world known as Luratia.
Luratia bears remarkable similarities to Earth life and planetary conditions due to several advantageous facts:
- our suns are of the same spectral class and the same general size, heat and luminosity
- our atmospheres share similar properties, particularly the chemical composition of the “air that we breathe” and the types of climatic conditions that determine weather and temperature
- our planets are close in size, similar in geologic composition and ideal for harboring and sustaining many types of life forms
Like Earth, Luratia is a rocky oceanic planet that harbors land, sea and air creatures. Of the land animals, a human-like species lives and flourishes here. The people of Luratia are in many ways like the people of Earth. On other inhabited worlds whose suns, planetary characteristics and atmospheres are vastly different from ours, the humanoid creature life is much more divergent (bizarre, even, by our standards).
- Luratia is 17% smaller than the Earth,
- Luratia has 6 continents, 3 oceans and no moons,
- Luratia has a dense atmosphere, creating almost continuous cloud cover around the planet, with the exception of the north and south poles
- Luratia has warmer temperatures and a more narrow span of temperature differences than Earth
- We have 2 distinct seasons, which we call wet and dry.
- It hasn’t snowed on Luratia in over 4 million years. Our cloud cover traps heat, thus we constantly battle the threat of extreme heat due to the greenhouse effect.
Read a scientific profile of Luratia