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Highlands World: Geo-physical facts

Highlands World Structure   ⤵

Highlands World is composed of a collection of asteroid bodies of various sizes and arranged as twelve medium sized objects around a thirteenth larger body, in a dodechihedral superstructure. The actual bodies do not touch one another, but rather are held in position by a graphene web of support pillars all connected at the center of the largest interior object. The twelve spines extend out from the central stabilizing web and are tapered so that as they penetrate the surface of the central body they are 13 kilometers in diameter and taper to approximately four kilometers in diameter at the outer surface of each of the twelve outer bodies.

Nine of the outer bodies are single asteroids, three are composed of fused collections of smaller objects. The larger, almost 600 kilometer in diameter central object is composed of over 100 smaller objects and billions of metric tons of dust and larger particles. The central object is 97% covered in water with some crevices and depressions as much as 20 kilometers deep and the highest islands being 2.6 kilometers above sea level.

Seven of the outer bodies actually touch the water.. None touch the solid structure of the central body. The entire assembly is constructed to allow a liberal degree of flexure, thus relieving stress caused by the centripetal forces inherent in the revolution of the structure.

The specific term applied to the graphene skeletal structure is the Interweb. As well as being the basic structural framework of the Highlands World, the Interweb is also the circulation and transportation system for the entire assembly. Underwater filters take in water from the central object and pump it out through the spines to distribution pipes beneath the surface of the outer bodies to be released as both intermittent and constant fountains, geysers and springs. Water returns to the central body in the form of precipitation.

In addition to circulating water from the sea out to the Highlands, the Interweb also functions as a transportation system through the use of vacuoles that can be opened at the surface of the spines Once closed, peristaltic movement can transport the contents , including freight, persons, and servos to a desired location elsewhere in the Interweb. The movement of the vacuoles is controlled by a sophisticated sub-process of the A.I. portion of the Triamon.

The Highlands World revolves in exactly 86400 standard seconds or exactly 24 hours. Modulated gravions at the outer end of the spines provide correctional torque when needed to precisely maintain the revolution.

Surface gravity of the outer Highlands and the inner body (called by the inhabitants, Midsea) is enhanced and controlled by thousands of static and modulated gravions or gravity focusing engines. The static gravions provide the bulk of the gravity with the far lesser number of modulated gravions being employed as needed to help maintain the proper position and orientation of the bodies. Gravity on the outer bodies (the Highlands) is nominally one-sixth G (Luna G-norm ) and on the central body (Midsea) is one-third G. (Mars G-norm)

The entire assembly of Highlands world is enclosed in a Xiao-Ketterling nano-particle envelope that conforms to the contours of the assembly at a nominal altitude of 26 kilometers and contains the atmosphere at the approximate pressure on the highlands surface of 80 kPa A, roughly the same as terra at an altitude of 1800 meters. Pressure at sea level on Midsea is approximately 95 kPa A or roughly the same as an altitude of 500 meters on Terra. The XK envelope is also tuned to provide ultra-violet protection for the inhabitants. The light emitting component of the more familiar XK envelopes enclosing the various craters of Luna is not present in the Highlands World Envelope.

Highlands World Dimensions   ⤵

HighlandArea square kmVolume cubic kmDiameter or Length/Width/Inclination
Aurora 512,719 28,070,922 470 x 341 km 34 deg ccw
Berlan 518,968 36.004,090 537 x 277 km 15 deg ccw
Caleara 559,349 36,610,116 573 x 347 km 20 deg cw
Dekada 427,446 27,460,014 331 km
Edo 472,534 28,103,385 345 km
Fermi 446,430 25,019,032 381 km
Gairdin 461,514 27,460,261 437 x 376 km 24 deg ccw
Hanife 556,758 33,257,940 443 x 332 km 14 deg ccw
Ilium 539,685 34,173,296 522 x 332 km 5 deg ccw
Jakobee 485,948 30,511,872 342 km
Kensau 455,234 28,376,047 355 km
Lorenza 450,710 27,460,438 460 x 377 km 13 deg cw
Midsea 1,067,792 102,795,816583 km

Date and Time   ⤵

Highlands Day: Highlands World revolves once every 86400 standard seconds. It took some time to accomplish that exact periodicity, but by the time of emergence, the period of revolution had been standardized. Gravions attached at the outer end of each pylons are engaged when necessary to control the precise timing. Unlike Earth itself, Highlands day is exactly 24 hours.

Highlands Year: Highlands is located in the trailing LaGrange point of the second planet of its star. It's orbital period is 30,327,522 seconds plus a fraction. dividing the orbital year into 24 hour days yields 351 days and 4,114.297 seconds. The extra seconds are compensated by an extra day every 21 years. That day "Free Day" is inserted between Cincimer 35 and Sisimer 1.

A further adjustment is required by adding another day to the year every 829 years. With another adjustment requiring the dropping of that 829 year anniversary extra day every 3,436,205 years. These later two adjustments, have, of course never yet occurred.

Months: The Highlands year is divided into 10 months of 35 days each. The names of the months are: Anumer, Duomer, Tresemer, Qatomer, Cinimer, Sisimer, Venemer, Octomer, Nonemer, and Decemer. Each month name is pronounced with 3 syllabils.

NewDay: The 351st day of each year is inserted into the calendar between Decemer 35 and Anumer 1 and called NewDay. It is a Holiday and celebrates Emergence or the time when the crew first emerged from the mission chambers onto the surface of Aurora. Celebrations of NewDay mirror the ancient traditions of Mardi Gras on Earth.

Weeks, Days of the Week: The days of the Highlands seven day week are Monday, Tusday, Wenday, Durday, Friday, Satday. Zonday, Because the months are each 35 days long, the first day of each month always falls on a Monday. Monday the first of each month is a traditional Holiday.

Holidays: The first day of each month - always a Monday - is a Holiday. Different traditions - religious or secular - dedicate the firstday of their choice to their own celebration. The reality of divergent timelines means that initial attempts by some traditions to try to match Earth based dates lost favor and eventually all traditions pretty much converged on using the firstday convention.

Time Zones: Highlands World is divided into 8 time zones at 3 hour intervals. The Dateline falls between Aurora and Kensau/Lorenza. Time zones on Midsea are loosely tied to the most nearly overhead Highlands. Northland, Southland operate on Aurora time. Portland keeps Berona/Cambera time. In general usage the time zones are simply referred to by the name of the highland being referred to. Thus if you're conversing about Berona, it's simply Berona time. If talking generally, you might refer to the Berona/Cambera time zone as simply BC time.

A Table of Simultaneous Times:

Calendar and Seasons   ⤵

NewDay occurs at mid-summer for the northern tier. The northern Summer season is Nonomer 27 through Decemer, NewDay, and Anumer until Duomer 9, Fall lasts from Duomer 10 through Qatomer 26, Northern Winter Quatomer 27 - Venemer 9 and Northern Spring from Venemer10 through Nonomer 26
The equinoxes occur Tresemer 17-18 and Octomer 17-18. Summer Solstice occurs on NewDay and Winter Solstice on Cinimer35-Sisimer1

Seasons: With an inclination of only 14 degrees, the Seasons are mild but just notable. Only on the polar caps of MidSea are the differences between mid-summer and mid-winter markedly different.

Highland's Night Sky   ⤵

Highlands World has one of the most remarkable night skies of all human worlds. First of all, being entirely enclosed in a The Xiao-Ketterling nano-particle envelope means that the stars in the night sky are each surrounded by refractive halos. The effect is called by its inhabitants, the Van Gogh sky, although they have lost all knowledge of the famous painting that gave it that name. It is in fact a beautiful scene. Until the awakening and Convocation most people aside from the Engineers had little understanding of what caused the beautiful stars.

Even more remarkable, however is the Halo. Highlands World orbits its primary at the trailing La Grange point behind an earth size planet that was the original target for terra-forming. That orbit is at 0.97 A.U. or .97 times the distance from its primary as Terra. At approximately 0.74 AU, just slightly greater than Venus orbits Sol, is a massive asteroid and dust belt. It is, however at 63 degrees off the orbital plane of the rest of the sun's orbiting bodies. Therefore, it presents, to observers on Highlands World what they call the Halo. The night sky is dominated by the Halo. Astronomers estimate that the Halo is only about 20 million years old versus an estimated age for the rest of the system of 3.4 billion years. The Halo, will, they conjecture have dissipated completely in another 50 million years. It is astronomically speaking a short lived phenomenon. Meanwhile, however it is incredibly beautiful.

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