SOLARIS – A K2 star in Pegasus 161 light-years away, galactic lat. 64.42, galactic long. -22.63, mass 86%, luminosity 25%, with a planet, Pirx, 147% Jupiter mass, orbiting at 0.77 AU in 269 days. The high eccentricity (0.55 to 1.0 AU) disrupted the formation of planets closer in.
Linuxgal’s first report on the Sol System
Humans are the dominant tool-using species of the Sol System. On the third planet, called “Earth” they have built cities and engaged in writing for the last six thousand Earth years and have grown to a population of 7.5 billion individuals. Twelve humans have walked on the large satellite of Earth, and at least six humans maintain themselves in orbit around Earth at any given time. Humans have sent robotic probes to every major body in the Sol System, as well as a number of minor bodies, and they have even sent four probes out of the system altogether.
Over the last twenty turns around Sol, nearly all of the humans have become connected together in a global communication network, permitting instant access to all their accumulated knowledge, a development that accelerates the rate of growth of new knowledge in a manner that compounds itself. The shell of RF that began with their earliest radio broadcasts is now almost a light-century into space. So far, no other interstellar civilizations have replied in an open manner generally known to the humans at large.
In appearance humans have a bilateral symmetry built around a stack of bones called a spine, with most of their sense organs concentrated in a pod mounted at the top of this spine. They have learned to balance on two of their four limbs, leaving the other two free to manipulate their environment. Although they lack the speed and strength of many other animals, they have easily clambered to the top of the food chain and indeed, millions of species have perished forever in the shadow of the rise of humans.
Humans reproduce sexually but the female retains the fertilized egg inside her body until her offspring is mature enough to survive in the world with somewhat less care. However, after ejecting the infant in a difficult ordeal (on account of the size of a human baby’s head actually being larger than the hole in the pelvic floor, which is solved by having the skull develop in flexible segments), the female human sustains her offspring for some time with food manufactured within her own body.
Human bodies maintain a constant temperature of exactly 310 degrees Kelvin. They lack natural insulation over most of their skin, but they compensate by fashioning for themselves artificial insulation as appropriate for whatever environment they choose to inhabit. There is no place on the surface of Earth where humans cannot thrive, from the frozen southern polar region to the large desert on the second-largest continent to the bottom of the sea.
The humans are transitioning, with difficulty, from an early phase of mining stored energy to farming solar and wind energy. I estimate that they will bring fusion on-line, in a widespread manner, in approximately seventy more turns of their planet around Sol. While that will solve the problem of obtaining the energy to drive their civilization, they will subsequently need to look to the ancillary problem of disposing their waste heat into the night sky. As other civilizations have done, they will probably address this problem with large heat-sinks that double as condominium towers.
CAPELLA SECTOR – A group of stars centered on the quadruple star system of Capella, galactic coordinates x=-40.2, y= +12.3, z=+3.77, 42.2 light-years away, containing nine viable stars (with the Capella A-B pair treated as a single gravitational source) including Lambda Aurigae.
Ships of the B’nei Elohim
Ships of the Imperial Navy