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The inner planets as Jupiter's moons
apenpaapDate: Sunday, 05.08.2012, 23:56 | Message # 1
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I had a strange, but interesting idea a few hours ago: what if Jupiter had ended up in Earth's orbit, and the five worlds in the inner part of our Solar System had ended up as its moons? It's a highly unlikely scenario, of course, but after discussing it with a friend for a while I decided to make it as a funny addon to SE. It's proven to be quite a nice-looking thing. Have a look:


A look at the Solar System and the Jovian system as they are now. (The Galilean moons and Phobos and Deimos aren't in this version of the Solar System, incidentally, though I may later make an update with them as planets in the outer Solar System, around the orbit Jupiter now no longer occupies)



Mercury, now in Io's orbit, ecperiences even more stronger tidal effects than Io as its big sisters constantly pull on it with their gravity, making it a highly volcanic world.



Venus is now in the Sun's habitable zone, where its seas never ended up boiling and no runaway greenhouse effect took a hold of it. Under its dense, clouded atmosphere a dense jungle (whether arisen seperately or through panspermia from Earth) covers most of the tropically warm planet.





Earth is always facing Jupiter with the same side, so anyone in Europe, Africa, South America, west Asia, or eastern north America gets to see the splendidly looking planet in their skies.



The Moon is orbiting Jupiter on its own, separated from Earth by Jupiter's much stronger gravity. It's in an orbit between those of Ganymede and Callisto.



Mars, finally, has become Jupiter's outermost moon. I considered making it a terra like Venus, under the assumption Jupiter's powerful magnetic field would keep its atmosphere intact even after its own magnetic field stopped existing, but thought better of it.

To install: Put the file into your data/catalogs/planets folder and add "data/catalogs/planets/SolarSys - Jupiter.sc" to universe.cfg, then comment out "data/catalogs/planets/SolarSys.sc"


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Edited by apenpaap - Monday, 06.08.2012, 16:01
 
DoctorOfSpaceDate: Monday, 06.08.2012, 03:03 | Message # 2
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If you leave them all the same mass their orbits become highly unstable. I tried this in Universe Sandbox, Mars was thrown out of orbit, Venus collided with Earth and then proceeded to crash into Jupiter.

Still cool to look at, always fun to mess around with what ifs.





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SpaceEngineerDate: Monday, 06.08.2012, 08:14 | Message # 3
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To install: Put the file into your data/catalogs/planets folder and add "data/catalogs/planets/SolarSys - Jupiter.sc" to universe.cfg

And comment out SolarSys.sc





 
apenpaapDate: Monday, 06.08.2012, 16:00 | Message # 4
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^Thanks, I added that to the first post.

Also, I've made a version of this with Mars as a living Terra as well (unlikely though that is):






Unfortunately, it seems Curiosity splashed down in the sea on this living Mars:

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Destructor1701Date: Saturday, 18.08.2012, 02:33 | Message # 5
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That is fantastically awesome!

I love what-if scenarios involving us as a moon of a gas giant.





 
steeljaw354Date: Tuesday, 31.05.2016, 17:59 | Message # 6
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I'm sorry to bump this, can this be updated to RC2? Like make the planets have procedural textures except earth, how would you manage to do that?
 
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