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Worldbuilding with stellar grids, by HDE 226868

In recent years, I’ve become a big fan of an alternative to guessing or running the numbers from scratch: stellar grids. These are tables put together by astronomers who specialize in stellar modeling and population synthesis. They perform precise numerical computations to model a star’s properties. The grids they generate may be evolutionary tracks, showing how a star evolves over time, or isochrones, showing multiple stars of the same age. Sometimes these tables are made public, and an enterprising worldbuilder can save a lot of time and effort by consulting them.

Tags: Worldbuilding, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Stars, Science


Previous post: You are a flat-earther (Or how I learned to stop worrying and model less), by Joe Bloggs

But what about explaining the tidal bores that rush up the river of the Shining City every evening? Is there a way to explain those that’s consistent with the two-moon system that you’ve concocted?

Oh no. Panic. There is no way to reconcile these tidal bores and having two moons! But the tidal bores are critical to the fishing industry, and the Priesthood of the Two Sisters is an integral part of the government of Lesser Numoria!! Aaargh! The entire world is in danger of becoming inconsistent!!!!

Stop.

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    $\begingroup$ How can we upvote that dude's work. Its excellent. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Dec 23 '16 at 1:29
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    $\begingroup$ @kingledion authors thrive on comments, and I encourage you to leave him some on his posts. If you don't have a Medium account already, you can log in with Google, Facebook, or Twitter (like you do here on SE). I'm sure he'd welcome feedback! And yes, I agree that Jasper's work is excellent. (Tease: there's more coming.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 23 '16 at 1:57
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    $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio Do upvotes carry between blog post updates (have 24 accumulated over time or are they all from this one?) I'd ask elsewhere but we have no meta-meta-worldbuilding. $\endgroup$ – Zxyrra Dec 23 '16 at 22:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra they accumulate over time. Instead of creating a bunch of individual meta posts, which would get out of hand, we're editing this post with each new blog post. Votes probably shouldn't be interpreted as votes on the specific blog posts. (If you want to know how those votes have changed over time, you could use the data explorer. But that won't tell you if that's why people are voting on this meta post.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Dec 25 '16 at 1:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Zxyrra You reminded me of this meta xkcd $\endgroup$ – Xandar The Zenon Dec 29 '16 at 23:15
  • $\begingroup$ awesome work, great to read :) $\endgroup$ – Sandy Feb 8 '17 at 22:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hopefull I might resume and finish the later part of story that I started medium.com/universe-factory/…. I think it's archived, am I too late? $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 4 '18 at 11:16
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    $\begingroup$ @KaranDesai great! It's still there, ready for you to pick it up and continue when you're ready. I'm looking forward to it. $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Jul 4 '18 at 13:47
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I'll submit draft asap on Medium $\endgroup$ – Karan Desai Jul 5 '18 at 3:30
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    $\begingroup$ I like the Dr. Strangelove reference. $\endgroup$ – The Daleks May 22 at 23:54
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    $\begingroup$ Dang, have we really written that much? I'm impressed. And thanks for putting this together. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Oct 19 '16 at 2:07
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    $\begingroup$ We've written a bit, yes. (The volume is why I didn't add author names to this list -- I was already doing enough typing/cutting/pasting. If anybody else wants to, feel free.) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 19 '16 at 2:09
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    $\begingroup$ What happens when this post hits the character limit? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 24 '16 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ @rand al'thor Add a second post. $\endgroup$ – Bellerophon Oct 24 '16 at 9:41
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor yes, as Bellerophon said, when we hit the 30,000-character limit on this post we'll just have to add another answer and divide up the entries. :-) $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio Oct 24 '16 at 23:32
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    $\begingroup$ Going forward, we could consider dividing this list by month, especially if we plan to increase our output. $\endgroup$ – Jerenda Jan 18 '17 at 22:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Secespitus thanks for adding all those author credits! $\endgroup$ – Monica Cellio May 3 '17 at 13:11
  • $\begingroup$ @MonicaCellio No problem. I hope I got them all right with the second edit. I couldn't find/remember a username corresponding with Evan Hoffman Conlangs for Non-Linguists though. $\endgroup$ – Secespitus May 3 '17 at 13:48

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