Ixania - An Astronomical Tale
A Time of Creation
It was finally my turn to sit on the Great Council. I no longer had to partake as an outsider during the Council's Time of Creation.
Now I could sit with great pride as the three suns aligned above. The suns would reflect off our crystalline projectors during the time of creation, with enough energy to control the creation of a solar system far beyond ours. We have always created, ever since our solar system was dust.
I felt my image being thrown through the crystalline air to our council room high on the volcano Ixania. Our time was here and limited to this travel. The time of creation happens three times in our lifetimes. Come the third time our energy is spent and we turn into the dust necessary for the production of the next millenium.
This occurs to please our three suns. I was gently placed onto the projecting stone high above the clouds on the peak of Ixania. There are nine of my brethren already placed next to me.
The three suns began to align and in the center of our circle we began to create a solar nebula. Creation always began this way, with the birth of a star.
All the energy in our universe is due to stars; they are the center of our being and possibility of life on any of the vast solar systems we have created.
As the gases and dust in the solar system began to condense each of us began to project the planet that was to be formed.
The first of us, facing the north end of the Ixania peak, began to project a small planet of an equatorial diameter of 4,878 Kilometers. Kilometers are the common unit of measurement on our world along with Astronomical Units.
This small planet was located 0.387 Astronomical Units from the central star and had an orbit at a 7 Degree angle. It's placement next to the central star gave the planet a surface temperature that varied from -170 Degrees Celsius to 430 Degrees Celsius.
The planet was formed with a dense iron core, a small mantle, and a thin crust. It had no atmosphere and already began to find its surface deformed by craters caused by collisions with small meteorites left over from the nebulae.
The name Mercury was set aside to be used as a mythological name of the life that would evolve form the Solar System being created.
The second of us, seated clockwise to the first began to create the second world.
This world was located 0.7233 Astronomical Units from the sun with an orbit inclined at a three degree angle. This planet took 224.68 days to orbit around the sun.
The planet had a surface temperature of 472 Degrees Celsius and had a thick atmosphere unlike Mercury. The thick Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere kept all the energy radiated by the central star on its surface.
This planet was covered with active volcanoes that constantly eroded and changed its surface enviroment.
This planet would be called Venus.
The third of us began to create a planet that was one Astronomical Unit away from the central star. This planet took 365 days to orbit the star. Its surface temperature varied with its placement along the orbital path around the central star, around -50 Degrees Celsius to 50 Degrees Celsius. This temperature range allowed water to be present.
The planet was given an inner core of iron and other heavy metals covered by a liquid core. The liquid core was covered by a plastic mantle that will always stay in motion causing the thin crust above to move and collide as great plates. It was an active planet with active volcanoes.
The atmosphere was relatively thin, yet consisted of a layer of Oxygen molecules made of three Oxygen atoms that would allow the heat of the central star to enter and then to leave so the surface temperature would not exceed 50 Degrees Celsius.
The atmosphere also contained Nitrogen molecules and Carbon Dioxide. The planet itself harbored the six necessary elements for life: Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Phosphorous, and Sulfates.
A small moon was created during a collision in the formation of the planetismal from the Solar Nebulae. This planet and its moon would be the planet that could evolve life and possibly consciousness maybe like our own, every Solar System had a planet given this option and only time will say what will be produced.
This planet was called Earth.
The fourth creation was the creation of a planet 1.5237 Astronomical Units from the sun with a one Degree inclination. This planet took 686.95 days to orbit the sun and the surface temperature ranged from -140 Degrees Celsius to 20 Degrees Celsius.
The atmosphere of this planet was thin with 95 percent Carbon Dioxide and a small amount of Nitrogen and Argon. The escape velocity of this planet was so small that most gases would escape the atmosphere.
This planet was beginning to become cratered by collisions and also had frozen Carbon Dioxide polar caps. It also had two moons one to be called Phobos and one Deimos.
This planet would be called Mars.
The next creation was 5.2028 Astronomical Units from the central star. This planet had an inclination in its orbit of one degree and had an orbital period of 4334.3 days.
This planet does not have a solid surface but instead is covered by liquid metallic Hydrogen and then liquid Hydrogen. The planet has a small rock core.
The atmosphere had thick clouds of 75 percent Hydrogen and Helium, Water Vapor, Methane, and Ammonia. The clouds in the atmosphere moved in circular motions around the belt of the planet.
This planet was created with rings that where formed by debris and ice caught up in the planets gravity, since the planet is 142,900 Kilometers in diameter.
The moons of this planet are to be called Io, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.
This planet will be called Jupiter.
The council of creation went silent for a small period of time. The suns kept their alignment as the next creation took place.
A planet was projected that was 9.5388 Astronomical Units from the central star. The planets orbit was inclined at two degrees. Its equatorial diameter was 129,660 Kilometers with a temperature at the top of its clouds at -180 Degrees Celsius.
The planet was similar to the previous planet in that is had a small rocky core with a liquid metallic Hydrogen middle layer covered with liquid Hydrogen.
The planet had five sets of extremely visible rings. These rings were debris and ice caught in the large planets gravitational field. This planet had eighteen moons.
Titan would be the name of one of them. A few others would be named, such as Tethys.
The planet itself would be named Saturn.
The next creation was a planet that was 19.18 Astronomical Units away from the central star. It would take this planet 30,685 days to orbit the central star. This planet had an equatorial diameter of 51,118 Kilometers.
The planet had a core made of heavy elements. The layer above the central core was made of ice and rocks; another layer of Hydrogen and Helium covered this layer.
This planet also had a ring system, yet not a visible as the rings of Saturn. This planet had two moons that would be named Miranda and Ariel.
This planet would be called Uranus.
Neptune, Pluto, and an End
The next creation was an incredibly blue planet that was 30.0611 Astronomical Units from the central star. This planet had an equatorial diameter of 49,500 Kilometers. The temperature in its upper cloud layer was -216 Degrees Celsius.
This planet had many moons, one would be named Triton.
This planet would be named Neptune, due to its blue color.
The planet that would be called Pluto was not a planet meant for this Solar System we created. Pluto was remains from the last Solar Nebulae we created. A planetismal in the last creation exploded during our creation and a piece of the planetismal fell into the newly created Solar Systems gravitational pull. The chunk of the planetismal had a strong enough gravity to create a spherical asteroid.
The creation was done. The one seat left over was the seat of birth. My brethren had reached his third creation and say upon his last seat. When the three suns again moved along the path of our central Black Hole, the last of my brethren would free himself into dust and fall into the winds far atop the peaks of Ixania.