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Re: First thoughts on Ayeri calendar system

From:Erich Kummerfeld <elk03@...>
Date:Monday, November 15, 2004, 0:27
Quoting Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>:

> > No criticism yet?! >
I think this is the first time I can help anyone with anything on this list, and only then because it isn't really a conlang question. I don't really have any direct criticism, because a fantasy planet can be entirely of your own devising, however a few points to keep in mind that I didn't see mentioned at all: Having two moons instead of one will do very, very strange things to the tides of your planet, if it has water. When the moons align there will be incredibly severe high and low tides which would likely be cataclysmic, so some sort of interesting ecological system would no doubt evolve at the shorelines to take advantage of this. The two moons would also do strange things to the currents in the oceans. If you want to develop a realistic world then you should calculate not only the moons distances and their periods, but also their masses and the effect each individually would have on the oceans. As far as eclipses are concerned, again, it's your world so whatever you think's reasonably _is_ reasonable, but keep in mind that the moons to not orbit on a flat plane. Like planets, moons orbit on almost circular ellipses which are slightly askew from a flat plane, i.e. their orbit is tilted. This is why not all eclipses on Earth are full eclipses. Most eclipses are partial eclipses, and sometimes even though the moon will be between the sun and the Earth (in the case of a lunar eclipse), it will be so far ascended or descended that it will be above or below the sun rather than in front of it, so no eclipse occurs. Basically, there are a number of factors that you may want to consider, several of which I'm almost certainly forgetting. As far as actual criticism though... I don't feel like anyone can really criticize a fictional planets calender since there aren't really any aspects of a calender that would mark it as better or worse, atleast as far as I know. Sorry about the loose format of the message and run-on sentences.