Mira IV

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First Surveyed, Surveyed by:

Apr. 2nd 12382 HE / 2382 CE, Yocheved Interstellar

Parent Star:

Mira 532, red dwarf

Satellites of note:

Two small moons with erratic orbits

Gravity:

11.92 m/s2 (1.22 x Earth)

Rotation Period:

Rotation period: 33 Earth hours

Atmosphere:

Type: Standard breathable || Pressure: 120.04 kPa (1.18 x Earth) || Composition: 45.7% argon, 31.8% nitrogen, 22.6% oxygen, trace other gases

Climate:

Min Temp: 285 K / 51 F / 12 C || Avg Temp: 298 K / 75 F / 25 C || Max Temp: 354 K / 177 F / 81 C

Profile


Mira IV has little water and small polar ice caps. The water that exists in the seas is highly alkaline, with very few freshwater springs and lakes. Red, orange, and yellow cyanobacteria thrive in the seas and many of the salt lakes, turning the water red. Red slime algae forms floating megaorganisms and constitutes for much of the limited life in the ocean.

The planet remains geologically active, with many volcanoes leaking natrocarbonatite lava deep under the sea and a few active on the surface. The eruptions are low-key and sluggish, and natrocarbonatite lava - unlike silicate lava - is considerably cooler (500-600 C/930-1110 F). Due to the anhydrous nature of the minerals within the lava, the expelled detritus turns white within a few hours upon reacting to moisture in the air.

The soil is thin and chalky but could be cultivated in areas where the groundwater table remains mostly clean and clear of salt. Drinking water must be drawn from similar areas or heavily filtered from salt lakes and surrounding oceans.

Sandstorms are common, as are storms of heat lightning, but true rainfall is rare. Plant life is hardy and cacti-like in nature. The environment supports few large animals but small burrowing proto-mammals exist as well as a host of primitive reptiles that take full advantage of the warm climate. Large fungi-like structures dot the extensive plains and would require further study to classify.

Mira IV is a high class two (Abiko method) or a low class three (Moneaux-Phillips method) and is not recommended for colonization at this time.

However, it is worth noting that the Mira 532 system contains an extensive asteroid belt that probes revealed to be intensely rich in metals and would be a good candidate for mining.

- Except from Planetary Survey A, compiled by Keeve Reeder, Yocheved Interstellar


EARLY COLONIZATION:

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INTEGRATION INTO GALACTIC CIVILIZATION:

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CURRENT STATUS:

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