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Q&A What are the Ground Effects of the South Atlantic Anomaly?

I was recently introduced to the South Atlantic Anomaly. As I understand, for satellites and space craft, this is a natural feature that can wreck space craft by taking even computers designed fo...

0 answers  ·  posted 8mo ago by James McLellan‭  ·  edited 8mo ago by James McLellan‭

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Q&A What would it take to build a ship capable of crossing the Pacific? [duplicate]

In my story, I have a small extended family of 30 to 40 individuals ranging in age from 0 to 50 who are on the run from Chinese and Japanese forces in 1400AD. No place in Asia is safe for them. By...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Green‭  ·  closed as duplicate 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A Navigating in a Subsurface Ocean

Based on the planet from this question. The main thing that distinguishes this planet from, say, Europa, is the handwavium light-source, which I must assume is wrapped in a perpetual explosion wrap...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by CAE Jones‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by CAE Jones‭

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Q&A Without modern electronics, how could you determine your longitude, latitude, and altitude while lost deep underground?

Brief setting notes: it's a "basically earth" type situation, a spinning ball of rock in space with the same size and gravity and atmosphere and magnetic fields and everything else. The main diff...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by possiblySerious‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by possiblySerious‭

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Q&A Quick! How far away is that asteroid?

How might an enterprising spacer, mining the rings of Saturn, go about quickly measuring/estimating the velocity of and distance to a nearby moving object (asteroid, habitat, pirate, etc)? Bonus po...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user73226‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user73226‭

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Q&A In a world without stars, how would travelers navigate at night?

On Earth, sailors would navigate the oceans at night by using the stars as guides; since there are no landmarks in the ocean like there are on land (save for the occasional island), that's pretty m...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alexader Ferguson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alexader Ferguson‭

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Q&A Navigation on a planet with an eccentric orbit

On this planet, there is a nomadic tribe of humans who are the descendants of unwilling colonists from thousands of years prior. They are a nomadic tribe because of the incredibly extreme seasons, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by John Lewis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John Lewis‭

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Q&A What could prevent players from leaving an island?

I am currently building a campaign for DnD. The main plot plays out on an island the heroes are stranded on after their ship goes off track and sinks. They discover that this island is ruled by m...

23 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nautha‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nautha‭

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Q&A The North Star in the ancient world sky

Question: Would a modern-day teen, trained in using the north star for directions when camping/hiking, notice a difference in how the "north star" (Polaris) works when transported suddenly to 1350 ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cyn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cyn‭

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Q&A How to determine port and starboard on a rotating wheel space station?

The ISS uses port and starboard to differentiate between the two sides of the station. (The Harmony node photographed after it was attached to its temporary location on the International Space St...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bob516‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bob516‭

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Q&A How would a world with drifting land-masses be mapped/charted for navigation?

Context The world is made of floating islands suspended in the atmosphere. For all intents and purposes, the world doesn't have a solid surface. Due to a magical influence, islands rise from the ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Miguel Bartelsman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Miguel Bartelsman‭

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Q&A Navigating storm fronts in space

Storm fronts — especially surprise storm fronts — are a popular Sci-Fi trope. Ion storms and radiation storms and neutronic storms and they invariably look 2D, like ribbons in space. But then I r...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A How do I calculate sea level on a planet with no seas?

On one (of many) of the planets that I am planning out, there are no seas. The planet is mainly composed of enormous mountains, with some deserts in between. There are no seas or large bodies of w...

7 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by QuiquÈ…‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by QuiquÈ…‭

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Q&A Is it possible to "Smell" in Space? Viable Equivalents?

I am currently creating a Spacefaring Race that regularly travels between planetary systems in order to harvest resources, but due to the fact that the conditions required for them to Breed are fai...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by BonnetBee‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by BonnetBee‭

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Q&A Which part of the universe would make celestial navigation most difficult for a planet?

Premise I envisage a world of would-be navigators with roughly Bronze Age technology, sailing on ships to explore their planet. In contrast to our history of navigation where we "cracked the code"...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Q&A How to navigate a ringed planet at night?

I'm working on a story set in an Earth-like world but with rings (say, proportionately similar to Saturn's). I'm trying to get a solid handle on how these rings would affect the sky. For the purp...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Luminocity‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Luminocity‭

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Q&A Compass on a Ringed, Earth-like Planet

Is it necessarily a given that a compass (as they magnetically function on Earth) could be made to function similarly on an alternate, Earth-like, ringed planet? Another way of asking: is it feasi...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Luminocity‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Luminocity‭

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Q&A How to broadcast Earth's position to someone in the future?

Using current technology, what could I do to optimize the odds of being located by time-traveling humans a thousand years from now? The accuracy must be such that they could "transport" me out of ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by imagoomba‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by imagoomba‭

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Q&A How can I locate myself in a random point of space?

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. They basically jump you to another lo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Magus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Magus‭

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Q&A Extrapolating from the GPS network for time travel

One of the aspects of most sci fi time travel representations that I find most challenging for my suspension of disbelief is this idea of people travelling through time and not travelling through s...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tim B II‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tim B II‭

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Q&A In a World of islands floating in the air how would people navigate?

We are creating a world of floating islands, these vary in size from small outposts that are little more than a Dock and Watchtower, through independent farmsteads, to full Nations in which the maj...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Whinja‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Whinja‭

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Q&A Navigation on a tidally locked planet

I have a tidally locked planet on a circular orbit, with an axial tilt of 22.5° That means one side is always in the sun, the other one in the shade. The subsolar point moves along a north-south l...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by nAUTILUS‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by nAUTILUS‭

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Q&A What are the ley lines this nomadic people uses to follow the same path year after year?

In the world I'm building, there is a race of people whose main shtick is that they can detect the magnetic fields of their planet and use them to navigate. In one of their cultures, the people are...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pleiades‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pleiades‭

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Q&A How close to Impossible can Navigation be on a Jungle Planet (for a Stone Age Civilization)?

Premise I would like to create a world that is rendered nearly impossible to navigate by natural circumstances. In my particular world, a thick jungle covers the whole planet from pole to pole; th...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Arash Howaida‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Arash Howaida‭

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Q&A Stellar Navigation for Dummies - Finding your way home

Average Joe was an amateur astronomer. While he was out in the wilds one day with his telescope he was kidnapped by aliens, carried off and kept as a slave on a world somewhere in the Milky Way. Ha...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Separatrix‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Separatrix‭

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Q&A The Moon has a magnetic field instead of the Earth; what are the changes in navigation?

I'm curious as to what the implications to any navigation system are: ship trekking aviation etc. Will their compass change shape (as being spherical), or might they dump the compass alltogeth...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Vylix‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Vylix‭

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Q&A From scratch measurement units

An exploratory spaceship holding strangers from many cultures and races has a problem leading to escape pods being deployed to a nearby world that is conveniently survivable. The pods crash land in...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Darkhorse‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Darkhorse‭

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Q&A Minimum computational power for ad hoc navigating the solar system

Imagine a world (or rather a solar system) where in its history there has been a war with emergent AI's There are very strict laws governing the speed and complexity of computer systems However b...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Chris Camacho‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Chris Camacho‭

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Q&A Communication and Navigation for space flight on Europa

Considering the rather hostile radiation environment on Europa, what communication and navigation systems might be used with near-future manned spacecraft? What would the ranges and features of th...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Innovine‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Innovine‭

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Q&A Logistics of civilization with point-to-point superluminal travel calculating a pseudo-current map of the galaxy's navigational hazards

An interstellar civilization has superluminal travel which allows for travel between two points, effectively without traversing the space in between so they don't crash into anything between them a...

6 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Anonymous‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Anonymous‭

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Q&A Would my compass still work?

Imagine a world with a very wacky magnetic field, the magnetic poles are not aligned at the top of the axial tilt and the sun is active enough to cause huge northern lights each night. I know elec...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Liath‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Liath‭

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Q&A How would lighthouses work in space?

In my world spaceships are guided by lighthouses floating in space instead of electronic navigational systems. A lighthouse in space has the shape of a huge sphere emitting intense red light. Like ...

8 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Javert‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Javert‭

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Q&A Could a greek or roman boat be blown to the americas in a storm?

This question prompts me to evaluate the possibility that the romans or greeks could be blown in a storm to the Americas and survive if they had enough water provisions? Or maybe not provisions bu...

3 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Joze‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Joze‭

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Q&A Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation

This is the second question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The first one is Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity. The setting is outlined in Part 1, but I'll rehash the pre...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by HDE 226868‭

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