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First Law of Planetary Building

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First Law of Planetary Building: no two planets will ever be alike.

Corollary #1: if two planets are almost identical, then at least one of them will have at least one outrageously peculiar feature.

Corollary #2: Universes made of perfectly identical planets are not allowed.

The First Law is manifest in the fact that each planet in the Solar System and elsewhere appears to be a unique, very specific experiment with peculiar conditions that are never repeated elsewhere. Even single satellites are all very different from one another. And if you want to top strangeness, how about Corot-7b with its clouds of minerals?

Mineral clouds

Mineral clouds

One objection could be raised about Venus and Earth, or Uranus and Neptune, as both couples look like made of identical twins. However, Venus’s hellish atmosphere and very slow, retrograde rotation are truly outrageously peculiar features; and Uranus basically lies to one side (hence corollary #1).

Corollary #2 is necessary otherwise the First Law is invalidated. It seems plausible, since the number of universes is large but not infinite.

Written by omnologos

2009/Oct/07 at 00:19:02

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  1. Interesting place Corot-7b. I’m familiar with our “earthly” water cycle, but the silicon cycle is “out of this world”.

    Would we have the potential to selectively coat materials in zinc (galvanise)?

    I have a feeling that planets such as Corot-7b and the gas giants (like Jupiter), form the largest populations within our universe, leaving Earth as the weird planet.

    The Plumber's Mate

    2009/Oct/08 at 08:06:53

  2. It’s also interesting that you have a close up photograph of Corot-7b. What focal length was the lens you were using?

    The Plumber's Mate

    2009/Oct/15 at 10:25:22

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