May. 11th, 2011

kayqy: In the depths of the earth... the fires of creation (volcano)
~I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky~ *cough* Sorry, where was I?

Today's challenge is about the sky, and what's in it. Which is good; this is something that I haven't thought over much yet, but also something that I want to be significant: with the importance of light, sources such as the sun, moon(s), and stars are going to be significant.

The sun is going to be pretty much the same as the sun here. Any attempts I made to differentiate it would be needlessly complicated and most likely extremely contrived, so.

However, I am going to have two moons. One will be fairly Luna-like, orbiting around the equator, while the other will be noticeably smaller and have an extremely inclined orbit, so it's going almost north-south instead of east-west. (Yes, everything will still be rising in the east and so on— the articles I read today had a lot of good reasons to do so, and I have no reason not to.) I spent a lot of time hunting down data and visual aids to help me figure out just how plausible that would be without the orbit of one screwing up the other (thank you, Phobos and Deimos). Since I don't plan on going into too much detail about it in-story, I think this'll do for now. Once I figure out how the path of Little Moon will look from the ground, especially when the planet is moving too...

Few places on this continent will have significant light pollution, so the stars are going to be highly visible. The Light River/Milky Way will probably run nw-se, and there will be several constellations that everyone recognizes. Like the Lady's Star (North Star), which the Journeyman (Little Moon) is always seen as travelling to at night, and leaving in the morning. (When it's full, that is; uncouth people make jokes about the quarters, when the Journeyman gets night and day mixed up like a person who's had too much to drink. >.> ) Magically, the light power from the stars is negligible compared to other light sources, and is only noticeable on nights when both the moons are dark.

Taking names for the other moon and various constellations.

Think about it every night and day, spread my wings and fly away~

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