world of weird things podcast: how to live in perpetual twilight

Of all the worlds to which humanity may travel, the most typical one would require our colonists to live under a sky in which the sun never rises or sets because it physically can’t.
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Illustration by Ben Nicholas

Sci-fi author Charlie Jane Anders wanted to give us an idea of what life would be like on a tidally locked world, a planet orbiting so close to its star that it can’t rotate around its axis, in an article for The Atlantic. Unfortunately, it turned out to be less of a dissection of a hypothetical colony on a completely alien world, and more of a stealthy ad for her science fiction novel, which… really, who’d do something like that? (Me, actually. I would do that.) In the interest of providing a more or less realistic answer, we’re going to talk about how astronauts would cope with spending their lives in permanent twilight of one of the most common types of terrestrial planets out there.

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Articles covered or touched on in this episode…

WoWT Presents: Sci-Fi Saturday
The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes
WoWT Podcast: The Realistic Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
WoWT Podcast Purple Earth And The Search For Alien Life
Why The Typical Habitable Planet May Be Nothing Like Our Own
io9 Already Planning To Colonize Gliese 581g…
Why We Need To Learn More About Super-Earths
The Realistic Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy

Related articles and further reading…

The Search For Alien Water Hits On Gliese 581g
The Amazing Disappearing Habitable World?
The Amazing, Rocky, Nearby, (Potentially) Habitable Solar System

Intro/outro by Absolute Valentine, courtesy of Lazerdiscs Records

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