Hemera

Hemera is the only planet orbiting Barnard's Star, and a vital link in the interstellar colonial network. Though tidally locked, Hemera has an extremely active magnetosphere and oceans of liquid water, and the atmosphere is a fairly Earthlike mix of nitrogen and oxygen. The most comfortable place to live is the terminator, where it is permanently twilight, and this band of dusk hosts the largest concentration of humans on the planet. Though Barnard is a flare star, Hemera’s powerful magnetosphere protects its surface from the worst of the solar radiation.

Hemera has endemic complex life (the most visually notable being the vibrant red plants), as well as the ruins of an ancient civilization. At one point, Hemera bore an indigenous sophont species called the skgri'i, who were driven to extinction after several millennia of interstellar colonization.

Geography

 

Landmasses

Hemera effectively has two very large continents that are diverging remarkably slowly, even on a geological scale. The "western" continent, Dawn, plays host to a series of sprawling grasslands and low, hammocked hills; whilst the "eastern" continent, Dusk, is more heavily forested.

Watershed

Hemera is a rather dry world, but it still holds appreciable quantities of surface water. The vast majority of said water is locked in the immense ice cap that blankets the antisolar hemisphere. The liquid water on Hemera is mostly contained within the somewhat shallow global ocean, with freshwater accumulating in ancient crater sites and occasionally flowing out to meet the sea.

Solar Cyclone

Hemera's solar hemisphere is, like most other tidally locked worlds, dominated by a monstrous permanent cyclonic storm. The Maelstrom, as Hemerans have dubbed it, is the result of intense oceanic and atmospheric heating near the zenith point of the planet, and as a result its powerful winds distribute moisture back towards the terminator and even out the extreme temperature gradient that Hemera experiences due to its tidal locking.

Flora & Fauna

Hemera is home to the Hemeragenid group of organisms, which is a common form of life in the Ophuichus-Ara region of known space.

Fiction Appearances

Horizon
Generic article | May 29, 2019

Three individuals try to understand the nature and purpose of a large, powerful, and vaguely unethical superscience organization.

Starhopper Radio
Generic article | Jun 23, 2019

A series of audio snapshots of life at various places and times in known space.

Hemera
The planet Hemera, as seen from high orbit.

Maps

Type
Planet
Location 5.88 ly from Sol System Barnard's Star

Orbital Characteristics

Semi-major axis 0.052 AU Semi-minor axis 0.05 AU Orbital period 21.5 days Rotation period 21.5 days

Planetary Characteristics

Class medium hot terra (TR) Radius 4149.55 km (0.65 x REarth) Surface area 2.16e+8 km2 Volume 2.99e+11 km3 Mass 2.33e+24 kg (0.39 x MEarth) Gravity 9.1 m/s2 Atmospheric pressure 0.8 atm Atmosphere composition
  • 63% nitrogen
  • 36.5% oxygen
  • 0.5% other gases
Average temperature (solar hemisphere) 34°C Average temperature (antisolar hemisphere) -95°C

Biosphere Information

Life Organic multicellular (marine, terrestrial) Tech level 13 Population 2 billion

Comments

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22 Jun, 2019 21:52

This looks so cool! What program did you use for the map?

23 Jun, 2019 00:05

Thank you! The maps in the Diaspora are all made using the planet editor in SpaceEngine, and tweaked further in Paint.NET.