Luratia: Scientific Profile

At a glance | In detail

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Luratia at a Glance

Size: Luratia’s equatorial circumference is 17% smaller than Earth
Luratia: 20,750 mi / 33,400 km
Earth: 25,000 mi / 40,000km

Distance from Sun:
Luratia: 76,400,000 mi / 123,000,000 km
Earth: is 93,000,000 mi / 150,000,000 km

Sun Characteristics: the suns of Luratia and Earth are spectral class GV stars
Luratia: 677,000 mi / 1,090,000 km diameter
Earth: 860,000 mi / 1,390,000 km diameter

Orbital Period: 299.423 Luratia days to revolve around its sun

Length of Days and Years:
1 Luratia day = 20 hours
1 Luratia year = 299 days

Magnetosphere: Luratia’s is 16% larger than Earth’s, relative to planet size

Average World Temperature:
Luratia avg world temp = 113 f / 45 c
Earth avg world temp = 57 f / 14 c


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Luratia in Detail

Size of the Planet

Luratia is 17% smaller than the Earth, slightly larger than the planet Venus. Like Earth, Luratia is a rocky oceanic planet that harbors land, sea and air creatures.

Distance from the Sun

Relative to Earth, Luratia is much closer to its sun. The inherent hazards of radiation exposure at this close proximity is ameliorated by several factors:

  1. Luratia’s sun is cooler than Earth’s sun,
  2. Luratia has a thicker atmosphere than Earth, which filters more of the gamma radiation, and
  3. Luratia has a much stronger and larger magnetosphere than Earth’s, which further shields the planet from solar radiation and solar wind.

The close distance to its sun has made solar collection on Luratia a more obvious and effective means of producing energy for the planet.

Sun Characteristics

Both Luratia and the Earth revolve around class GV stars, white mid-size stars that appear to have a yellow hue. Luratia’s sun is smaller, cooler and dimmer than the Earth’s. Luratia is closer to its sun than Earth, and orbits its sun more quickly.

Orbital Period

Luratia makes a complete orbit around its sun in just under 300 days.

Length of Days and Years

On Luratia, time is reckoned according to the orbital period of the the planet. Here are the lengths of Luratia’s days, weeks, months and years:

1 day = 20 hours
1 week = 6 days = 120 hours
1 month = 30 days = 5 weeks
1 year = 10 months = 50 weeks = 300 days (299.423 days to be precise)

Magnetosphere

Luratia’s massive iron core effects a powerful magnetic field, which in turn creates a very strong and spatially large magnetosphere. A planet’s magnetosphere deflects particles moving toward the planet and protects the planet’s surface from harmful gamma rays pouring out from its parent sun. Without a protective magnetosphere, life such as the creatures who inhabit the Earth and Luratia could not survive.

Temperatures

The surface temperature of Luratia is more than double that of Earth, due to 3 factors:

  1. thicker atmosphere
  2. continual cloud cover
  3. closer proximity to the sun

Together, these factors create a type of greenhouse effect. The average daily high and low temperatures on Luratia are:

High at the poles: 98 f / 36.5 c

High at the equator: 150 f / 65.5 c

Low at the poles: 75 f / 24 c

Low at the equator: 132 f / 55.5 c

Avg daily world temp: 113 f / 45 c

Luratian’s do not find these temperatures uncomfortable. We do not experience the great temperature extremes that Earth and certain other inhabited worlds do. We do not complain of heat or cold; nor do we complain of the incessant cloud cover — we know the clouds protect us from the harsh radiation of our sun. We early learned that we could not afford to pollute our lower atmosphere, and this has prevented us from causing dangerous levels of air pollution..

See also The Planet Luratia