Computer modeling of Oceans on Alien Worlds

Alien Oceans May Flow on 'Super-Earth' Planets

Aloha – In volume 1 of Demeter Chapter 7, we get introduced to the Sea of Demeter.  The following excerpt introduces you to the interior of Demeter.

“We’re here,” Captain White announced from the pilot’s cabin.

From the side portals, they could see the sheer face of a mountain wall rising on either side of the lock. As Ryder followed the line of the jagged obsidian cliffs that rose out of sight, he saw patches of chartreuse vegetation struggling to survive on the glassy surface. The sky was difficult to read. They could not see any clouds, but it felt hazy as if twilight were approaching. It was obviously daytime for this world, but Ryder could not locate a central source of the light. As the Pegasus continued to move forward and exit the final lock, a pale aqua surface mirrored below. It wasn’t until a large creature of some sort broke the surface that they realized it was water.

“The Sea of Demeter,” Cynthia said. “Chapter thirty-three, by the way.”

“I’ve never seen water so still,” Athena said. “Look, there’s a whole school of fish jumping!”

“No waves. Guess surfing is out.” Randy leaned closer to the portal to look straight down.

Miss Li had quietly joined the group. “Actually, there are waves during the nightly rains, but not during the day”

Everyone jumped and turned.

“We are inside a giant geode. It has been terra formed for millennia. The whole eco-system is carefully monitored with an extensive climate control system tied to the ice fields. The ice fields are at the top of the interior, and the oceans and islands are at the bottom, at least from our perspective. It can be very confusing. When you’re in the ice fields, you think it is the other way around.”

A short hour passed as Ryder and his friends took in the water and the occasional lush green islands that they flew over. The Pegasus once again began to slow down as they approached a much larger landmass. Debbie’s voice came over the intercom and announced, “Everyone take your seat and secure your valuables. We’re reconfiguring the ship.”

Ryder barely made it back to his seat when the Pegasus began shifting and shrinking with all the compartments folding, or disappearing completely. The windows also began to disappear. He heard Joel bark, and turned in time to see him fighting to loosen his foot from a shrinking locker. Moments later they were on the ground.

Meanwhile, scientists are using computer models to describe the potential of such seas or oceans on other worlds.

For the complete articles you can visit the story at

http://news.yahoo.com/alien-oceans-may-flow-super-earth-planets-210436971.html

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Debbie convinces kidnappers to let her pilot the flying saucer

Aloha – Ryder’s younger sister Debbie exudes confidence in almost all settings.  When Ryder and his friends are drafted or kidnapped, depending on your point of view, Debbie immediately wants to fly the interstellar craft.  By the time they reach Demeter she has convinced the Captain to let her do exactly that.  The following is excerpted from Chapter 7, Arion.

Ryder came to himself and moved on down the stairway. At the bottom, he turned and looked at the Pegasus and realized why they had lost their windows. The ship had reformed to a circular shape. “A flying saucer?” Ryder commented.

Cynthia came up and stood next to him. “It sure looks like a flying saucer, like they show on those UFO movies. Maybe this is where they got the idea from.”

“I wonder how big it is now?” Ryder asked.

About this time, Debbie came bouncing down the staircase. “It’s three stories high, and in saucer mode it can be as small as sixty feet wide. However, at the moment it is ninety-four feet in diameter to meet the minimum needs of its passengers, luggage, and cargo.”

“Great, now I have a walking encyclopedia for a sister. We’ll start calling you Debbipedia.”

“You can’t bother me today. I got to fly the Pegasus,” Debbie gushed. “In fact, Captain White has agreed to give me and Becky flying lessons as soon as we settle in.”

“Great! There goes our ride home. I hope they have a good body shop here,” Ryder responded.

As the lights began to flare in Debbie’s eyes, Cynthia interjected, “That’s wonderful news Debbie. I’m sure you’ll make a great pilot.”

This seemed to defuse the battle before it even began. Cynthia whispered to Ryder, “You could lighten up on her once in a while.”

“Sure,” Ryder replied. “Debbie, I’m sure you’ll be the best pilot in the class.”

Just then Rebecca joined them. “Oh, so you think I’ll stink as a pilot?”

Ryder just turned red and realized he was in a no-win situation.

Demeter and Return to Demeter are available on Amazon.  Defending Demeter should be out for Christmas.  Check out the first few chapters of Demeter at:

http://www.amazon.com/Demeter-Dr-Alan-Hansen-ebook/dp/B00MZFH8R6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418188778&sr=8-1&keywords=demeter+alan&pebp=1418188990950

Ceres and Demeter

Aloha – Interesting news that I’ll stay on top off with this blog as time goes by.  NASA’s Dawn Mission is fast approaching the asteroid, Ceres.  The story is available at:  http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-spacecraft-snaps-best-photo-yet-dwarf-planet-171343195.html

If you are familiar with mythology you realize that Ceres is the Roman name that is related to the Greek God Demeter.  Ceres in our Solar System was the asteroid or mini-planet that I used to model the size and general description of Demeter for the Demeter series.  Again, I’ll be interested in following how this study proceeds.  I may, but probably won’t have to make adjustments to the garden world of Demeter.  From Chapter 6 of Demeter:

“Demeter is one of three way stations between the Saggitarius and Perseus arms of the Milky Way. Control of the way stations has shifted back and forth over the past ten thousand years. Demeter is relatively small, approximately one thousand miles in diameter. One of its best defensive features is that it is located between three star systems, but nearly a light year away from each of them.”

“It sounds cold,” Cynthia suggested.

“The surface is cold; too cold for human life-forms to exist. In fact, I am unaware of any life-forms that can exist at that temperature. But that is part of the benefit of Demeter….

“So we’re going to be stuck in dome cities, like they talk about putting on the moon?” Cynthia asked.

“Not exactly. Demeter does have eighty dome stations scattered around the surface. They are more like observatories and military watch stations. We actually live inside Demeter.”

“You mean we’re going to spend a year living in a cave?” Athena sounded disgusted.

“It’s hard to describe, although you have seen pictures of the interior of Demeter before. I had a mural of the islands off Arion in your classroom. But I think the best way to understand what Demeter is like is to see it for yourself. We’ll be doing that soon enough.” Miss Li smiled cryptically.