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    So...I have a planet with 8 moons, and I used Astrosynthesis on my buddies laptop (haven't bought it yet) to place those moons and see how an orbit plan would look...and I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not I'd have any orbital collisions...

    Its a pretty amazing program...I almost have to learn astrophysics to fill it all out, but so far its pretty nifty...

    Anyone know if there's an easier way to see if there's any collisions in my moon orbits...its a very confusing view looping around the system diagram window trying to see if the lines ever cross close enough to cause a collision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcana View Post
    So...I have a planet with 8 moons, and I used Astrosynthesis on my buddies laptop (haven't bought it yet) to place those moons and see how an orbit plan would look...and I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not I'd have any orbital collisions...

    Its a pretty amazing program...I almost have to learn astrophysics to fill it all out, but so far its pretty nifty...

    Anyone know if there's an easier way to see if there's any collisions in my moon orbits...its a very confusing view looping around the system diagram window trying to see if the lines ever cross close enough to cause a collision.
    If you have your friend post on the NBOS forums (only open to those users who have registered their software), the community is pretty large and the developer(Ed) usually can respond within a few days if the other users cannot help out.

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    This site has the most amazing tangents....

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    Probably being a bit pedantic here, but the moons will have gravitational fields of their own, and if two moons get too close, they will disrupt each others orbits. So it's not just collisions you have to watch out for - but near-enough-for-gravity-to-wreak-havok as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by meleeguy View Post
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    Well, its not that tangential. If two moons hit each other, the world could die... Then there would be no need for a map and thus no need for a map maker. So, these things are very important!

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    Not to mention your planet is closer to the size of Mars than to Earth so gravity is already going to be weak so hopefully those are some small moons. Consider the other planets in our solar system that have more than two moons and how massive they are to be able to keep all those moving. Considering also that your world has some sizable oceans those tides are going to be pretty crazy unless somehow the moons sort of balance them all out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPMiller View Post
    Not to mention your planet is closer to the size of Mars than to Earth so gravity is already going to be weak so hopefully those are some small moons. Consider the other planets in our solar system that have more than two moons and how massive they are to be able to keep all those moving. Considering also that your world has some sizable oceans those tides are going to be pretty crazy unless somehow the moons sort of balance them all out.
    heh... its time for the twice a day 50 foot(16 meter roughly) tidal wave!!!! "Boy, when they say it's time for high tide.... they really mean HIGH tide"

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    I find this interesting - but then again I am rather sad

    I am currently doing some research on plantetary positions when disasters strike our planet, and although far from conclusive, it seems that for example when the Boxing Day Tsunami struck a few year back, the planets were in specific positions. Similar story over a lot of the major earthquakes over the last 50 years.

    The source of this research is an Australian farmer who was looking for a correlation between dry weather and sunspots. There is a link, but he also discovered that the planetary alignments seem to play a large part in this too.

    I can go deeper if you'd like, though some of it is very dry and could hardly be described as light reading (two puns for the price of one there - )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normski View Post
    I am currently doing some research on plantetary positions when disasters strike our planet, and although far from conclusive, it seems that for example when the Boxing Day Tsunami struck a few year back, the planets were in specific positions. Similar story over a lot of the major earthquakes over the last 50 years.
    The skeptic in me wants to say "the planets are always in a particular configuration when something happens; it's only when you can predict something based on the configuration of planets that you'll have something there". Of course, this skeptic has been known to watch things like pro wrestling and the Jerry Springer show so be sure to take any such opinions with a grain of salt. Or a ton of salt.

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    My stepdad used to gauge the stock market by running historical star charts and comparing them to stock market highs and lows, and then looking for similar star and planet configurations and buying and selling based on that.

    So...I'm depressed now by all this gravity talk...As a DM...what would you do...

    Fake it with a good write up and talk of the power and wisdom of the gods to maintain such a delicate balance of moons around a planet?

    Or change the 8 moons to something else like other planets in the system and maybe give my smallish planet two tiny moons?

    Basically, the 8 moons represent the 8 core deities of the world...and two of them are the mother and father figure of the world...so thats how the cosmology and pantheon WERE supposed to line up.
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