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  • Alc1 The Fiery Furnace, Solar System

    by EAB

    Alc1 First Planet of the Alchibah System

    Painting by Travis

    Orbital Radius: 44.43 million miles.

    Orbital period: 106.31 days. Rotational rate Indeterminate.

    Moons: None larger than 100 miles.

    Planetary diameter: 4,800 miles.

    Atmosphere: Vapor pressure levels of metallic gases.

    Average Surface Temperature: 2700 deg F.

    Alc1 Might be best described as a molten blob of swirling liquid metal. Rotational rate has not been determined as it must vary according to the distance from the planetary center. In the infrared it appears to be a planet composed of liquid metals. The planet does receive about twice as much solar heating as the Solar System’s Mercury, but this would not be enough radiant heat input to account for the heat output radiation signature. In order for Alc1’s surface temperature to be as hot as indicated, Alchibah’s contribution must be augmented by additional volcanic, gravitational, and nuclear heating. This combination makes iron molten on the planets surface.

    Alc1 Terragen Image File

    Other metals besides Iron are also present, but as of now, (planet fall +5), have not been quantified. The overall wave like surface indicates a rock type substratum of an indeterminant nature but likely high in carbon and silicates.

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    Alc2 Hot and Cold, Solar System

    by EAB

    Alc2 Second planet of the Alchibah System

    Moons: At least 7 captured asteroids. None detected larger than 85 miles in diameter.

    Atmosphere: Oxygen and water vapor identified but incompletely analyzed.

    Alc2 has a rotational rate equal to 2/3 of its orbital period. It receives roughly 4 times the solar radiation per unit area as does the Earth. Models show the temperature on the Alchibah side will exceed 245 degrees F. at local noon. Due to the slow rotational rate, and radiation into space, temperatures on the side opposite Alchibah, at local midnight, could reach -90 F. Between the two temperature extremes liquid water may be present.

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    Alc3 Alchibah’s Moons, Solar System

    by EAB

    Under the Moons of Alchibah All Times In Alchibah Hours and Days

    Alc3 Planet Alchibah Rotational period 20 hours 18 deg/hr.

    Moon 1 Oliver Dia. 950 miles.

    Orbital Radius. 138,000 miles. Period 16.21 Days.

    Absolute Orbital Motion 1.1 deg/hr. Relative Motion 16.9 deg/hr.

    Angular diameter .4 degrees.

    Maximum Luminosity Luna = 1 0 .72

    Tidal Influence Luna = 100 32.4%.

    Rotational period 46 hours. Surface Gravity 7% Earth Standard.

    Moon 2 Carter Dia. 185 miles.

    Orbital Radius 16,926 miles. Period 13.7 hours.

    Absolute Orbital Motion 26.2 deg/hr. Relative Motion -8.2 deg/hr.

    Angular diameter .63 degrees.

    Maximum Luminosity Luna = 1 1 .85

    Tidal Influence Luna = 100 16.8%.

    Rotational period 13.7 hours. One side will always face Alchibah. Surface Gravity TBD. Less than 1% Earth Standard.

    Earths Moon Absolute Orbital Motion 0.54 deg/hr. Relative Motion 14.46 deg/hr. Angular diameter .5 deg. Surface Gravity 1/6th Earth Standard.

    The maximum light reflected by both moons to the planet Alchibah will average nearly 260% greater than that which Luna reflects to the Earth.

    The moons tidal effects, when aligned, will be a bit less than half of what Earth experiences. Due to the differing orbital periods most of the time the tidal effects will be at odds and fighting each other. when they are at the point of greatest interference the resultant maximal tide will be about 15% of that experienced on Earth. This will be when the moons are separated in their orbits by some 90 degrees.

    View from above Northern Planetary Pole. Flag showing constant reference position. A tangent to the planet at the base of the flag will give a reference horizon line.

    The direction of sunrise on Alchibah has been designated East. The outer moon Oliver, when viewed against the fixed stars, will seem to drift slowly westerly across the night sky in a manner very similar to Earth’s Luna. Because Carter, the inner moon, circles Alchibah so much faster than Oliver, or earths moon, it will be seen to travel towards the East as night progresses at a rate slightly greater than 8 degrees an hour and will also seem to change phases. See Illustration. Both moons are heavily cratered as would be expected.

    The angular diameter of the star Alchibah as seen from the planet is about 0.3 degrees, slightly larger than half that of the Sun as seen from the Earth, though Alchibah is of course much brighter. This smaller angular diameter, combined with a 200 million mile distance from the planet, means that even with Oliver and Carter having diameters less than that of Luna, eclipses will be quite common and that both moons are capable of totally eclipsing Alchibah. The relative closeness of both moons to the planet is another factor which will greatly increase the frequency of eclipses. Still another is their more rapid orbital periods. With Carter being so close to the planetary surface it should be possible to see it being eclipsed almost every night.

    The above discussion is somewhat simplified as nightly positional changes against the stellar background will also be influenced by Alchibah’s 922 day orbital period and axial inclination. For complete Moon and Tide details see the Alchibah System Ephemeris.

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    Alc4 Gas Giant, Solar System

    by EAB

    Observations by William Bartlett

    The fourth planet of the Alchibah System.

    Dia. 91,100 miles. Orbital Radius 855,805,762 miles. Orbital Period 22.38 years.

    Planetary Characteristics: Similar to Jupiter but with a fine ring structure. The Atmospere is extremely dense and composed primarily of Hydrogen and Helium. Exact percentages have yet to be determined.

    Moons: 17 Known to date ranging in size from about 4,700 miles to less than 100 miles. One shows signs of an oxygen atmosphere, two show evidence of liquid hydrocarbons.

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    Alchibah Solar System

    by EAB

    Observations by William Bartlett

    Alchibah System: A First Look

    In 2042 Brandon Carter was the first person to enter the Alchibah Wormhole. He was sent by R. J. Hamilton and was expected to return, if possible, within a year. When he failed to show up on time Stan Oliver volunteered to make a second attempt. He was successful though it took him 6 years for the round trip journey. Upon his return he reported seeing no sign of Carter or his ship. Oliver did bring back much of the detailed information covered in the first section of this entry.

    Distance: 48.18 LY.

    Type: F2-111-1V Star. Just off the main sequence. The -III-IV types have used most of their original hydrogen and are slightly larger and hotter then the sun. Called Sub Giants and Giants. Compared to the Sun, a G1 or G2, F stars are not only hotter but don’t last as long. It is likely Alchibah is about 3.5 billion years old as to the Suns 4.5 billion years. It’s ight, as seen through an atmosphere, should be somewhat whiter. Alchibah may only last another 700 million years whereas the Sun should have another 4 billion.

    General Description: The system consists of 6 planets, numerous moons and an extensive asteroid belt with much dust scattering in the plane of the ecliptic.

    Planets: 6 Alc1 - Alc6 Names will be added when settled upon.

    Alc3. Distance from Alchibah: 201,388,000 miles with a 2,443,000 mile eccentricity.

    Orbital Period: 923 days.

    Axial inclination: 12 degrees. This should have a moderating influence on seasonal temperature variations.

    Diameter: 6.960 miles.

    Surface Gravity: .98 Earth standard. The planet is slightly, about 11%, denser than Earth so an elevated heavy metal concentration is likely.

    Planetary Day: 19.81 hours.

    Surface Characteristics: 72% water 28% land. Two major Continents and numerous Islands of varying size. Temperature on average about 2 degrees colder than Earth.

    Climate: From Tropical to Arctic.

    Atmosphere: 23% Oxygen, 72% Nitrogen, 5% various.

    Number of Moons: 2

    Moon 1 Oliver Dia. 950 miles. Orbital Radius 138,000 miles. Period 13.38 days.

    Moon 2 Carter Dia. 185 miles. Orbital Radius 16,926 miles. Period 13.56 hours.

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    Alchibah Solar System — Asteroid Belt

    by EAB

    Into the Belt

    Painting by Travis

    The Alchibah system asteroid belt has a mean radius of 470 million miles. It is roughly 300 million miles wide and extends about 6 degrees above and below the plane of the ecliptic. Its density is at least 20 times greater than that of the Solar Systems’ though even this makes it, pretty much, mostly empty space. It is estimated that the Solar System has an amount of material in its’ asteroid belt equal to about that of the Earths’ moon. The Alchibah system belt has a total mass greater than that of the Earth itself. Perhaps the absence of any Mars type planet between Alchibah and the first Gas Giant explains this fact.

    We have detected to date, in the belt, at least seven asteroids larger than the 485 mile diameter of Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System. Two are known to be in excess of 1100 miles. Still the average rock, of any size, is separated from its nearest neighbor by 50,000 miles. Though unexplored as yet it is expected the belt will hold a higher percentage of metals and radioactives than what we have been familiar with. We have to date catalogued over 3500 belt objects with many more to find and only the orbital elements of the largest 100 or so have been determined with any precision.

    What the Alchibah belt has, that makes it so very spectacular, is a large component of small dust particles and ionized gasses. These debris, are the residue from cometary collisions with the asteroids as the comets plow into the inner system. Some is due to collisions between the asteroids themselves. Out gassing from the Alc4 and Alc5 Gas Giant moons are likely responsible for another large contribution. You can think of it as a system sized florescent bulb. Even as a florescent tube is mostly vacuum with an ionized gas; so is the Alchibah asteroid belt.

    A clear night on Alchibah should reveal a glowing band across the heavens, a dozen times brighter than the Milky Way and twice as wide. Not nearly bright enough to read by but impressive none the less.

    Ships collision avoidance systems will easily cope with travel through the belt but the amount of small dust and gas particles will limit speeds to perhaps a few thousand miles per second. If faster speeds are necessary a path up and over the belt will have to be plotted.

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    Alchibah, Local Vicinity of Stars

    by EAB

    Chart View

    Photo from Mayflower Archives

    As seen from Earth the Alchibah star system is dim and quite difficult to see with the unaided eye. Being a Southern Hemispheric object, in the northern latitudes, it never gets much above the horizon. Any city glow or bright moonlight will wash it out completely. With binoculars it may readily be seen, though only for a few hours at a time, before it dips below the horizon. The above chart is a standard reference. The photo was taken on route to the Wormhole and may be used to locate Alchibah’s position and those stars in the same general viewing area.

    The Sun as seen from Alchibah will be even dimmer by at least a full magnitude and probably not visible to the naked eye. Atmospheric conditions on the planet will have much to do with this along with the latitude of our selected landing site. Alchibah’s two moons and system dust scattering will also make for a bright sky glow. As soon as the landing site is selected, and atmospheric data analyzed, a view from Alchibah to Earth, will be prepared.

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    Shuttle Craft

    by EAB

    Originally lifeboats for the tour ship Lancer, the Mayflower crew have modified these to serve as transport, defensive, and exploration craft for the colonists on Alchibah.


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    The original lifeboats could hold ten-twelve people, not in comfort, for emergency evacuations of large tour ships. They have been modified and renamed shuttle craft. Several seats were removed to increase fuel and cargo capacity. Additional shielding was added and a nano-paint coating put on to allow the shuttle to blend in (camouflage) with it’s surroundings. The crash bar in front was modified. One forward beam now has a laser cannon, the other will have a fireball launcher when Doctors Hibbes and Chandler perfect the device, and a small hatch on top exposes a 100mm projectile gun. Dr. Ash Andrew’s field shields have been incorporated.

    Size: 60 foot wingspan
    Height: 25 feet
    Seats four although a bench along one wall of the cabin can serve in a jiffy for a couple others. Full bathroom with shower. Small galley and ship stores. Pull down bunks for four. Small table and entertainment center in limited living space. They’re not especially fast but serve their purpose well. These are tough little ships that can launch and land vertically.

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    The Sentinal

    by EAB

    Better Safe than Sorry

    Painting by Travis. Mayflower Archives.

    We exited the Alchibah Wormhole, adjusted course, and headed towards home. Looking at some of the data captured from Ashcroft’s cruiser gave pause. It seemed that the Goonies might be coming after us. We couldn’t be sure if they had the capability but that was one of the things to question Ash about when he came out of cryo.

    Aboard the Mayflower we had two of the telescopic observatories left over from those R.J. Hamilton had built to locate the wormhole itself. We left one of them monitoring the exit end of the hole and the surrounding space. It was supposed to be solar powered but this far from a good light source we had to use one of the nuclear batteries intended for the robots. If it detected anything coming through at least we would know long before it could reach us. Still light speed communication but it would beat a ship by 6 months at least. It would have been nice to drop off a picket ship and have it waiting to meet them unawares but we just didn’t have the people or the armed ship to do that.

    We planed to leave the other observatory in orbit around our new planet and use it to gather information about the rest of the system. Its’ optics and electronics were actually better than any of the shipboard navigational tool on the Mayflower for a task like that.

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    The Surprise Cruiser

    by EAB

    Personal cruisers were all the rage among the wealthy back on Earth. One such, belonging to Stelco was used by Rocco to rescue Captain Travis from the UNWG (Goonies) Earth agents.


    Surprise Cruiser

    While quite fast, there are only two seats on board, along with pull-down bunks for sleeping. A very small galley, and no real cargo space. Living space is limited to a small dining table and entertainment center.

    Personal cruisers are designed for skipping around the world quickly, making trips to orbiting resorts, and for interplanetary travel. They are not interstellar ships by design.

    Length: 35 feet.

    Upon reaching Alchibah, the Mayflower crew modified The Surprise cruiser. Life support systems were removed. One laser canon from the old Lancer ship was installed. One nuclear device was also put on board as a “suicide device” for ramming hostile ships. Additional fuel storage was added, and The Surprise was sent out with two robots (so they could change each other’s batteries) to the exit of the wormhole to investigate why the sentry craft left there had stopped transmitting.

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