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Stellar Errata (2018)[edit]

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 07:21, 28 October 2018 (EDT)

Stellar Errata (2017)[edit]

  1. EXTERNAL LINK: New evidence that all stars are born in pairs
- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 09:13, 20 August 2017 (EDT)

Stellar Errata (2016)[edit]

External Link: Star Update Notes

  • There's an old errata list for the sec files...
  1. 1. Change all primary Ds to Vs.
  2. 2. Change all VIs to Vs.
  3. 3. Star types K5 to M9 are not available with star size IV: change star size to V.
  4. 4. Star types A, F and G are extremely rare with star sizes II and III: change star size to V.
  5. 5. Star types M4V through M9V cannot have habitable worlds: subtract 6 from the decimal classification.
  6. 6. If two or more stars in the same system are size D, change the last one to size V.
  7. 7. Unless the primary star is size II, III, or IV, change remaining companion size D stars to size V.

External Link: Kuiper Belt Glossary

White dwarfs usually have the prefix D:

  • D (prefix) white dwarfs. Example: van Maanen 2 (DZ8)

From: Stellar_classification

Older versions of Traveller, specifically Book 6, would generate a significant number of stars with type of "D". In the understanding of the time, this meant a Dwarf star. In current astrophysics is no such thing as a "M0 D" star. Either the star is a M0 V (called a dwarf star vs an Ib super-giant star), or it is a White Dwarf (per wikipieda). The latter is a problem because it would have had to have gone through it's complete stellar evolution, including expanding into giant size and cooked every planet in the system. T5 corrects this by changing every Type D start to a Type V. In this case the M0 D becomes an M0 V.
There are also (rarely) stars of type VI. Again a historical gaming artifact generating star types which do not exist. These also should be given a type of "V". Tjoneslo (talk) 07:29, 19 May 2015 (EDT)
Thanks, Tjoneslo! Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 07:40, 19 May 2015 (EDT)

  • Actually, stellar Type VI does exist in the real world: it is known as a "Sub-Dwarf", and is a main-sequence star that is smaller (hence dimmer) and hotter than a normal main-sequence star (Type V) due to a lower overall metallicity (most likely because it was formed at an earlier period in the history of the Universe when there were fewer heavy elements). They are much less common than regular main-sequence stars, but there is one in Sol's back yard: Kapteyn's Star.
- WHULorigan (talk) 07:57, 9 February 2018 (EST)

WHULorigan, I am hoping that T5SS will eventually tackle stars.

- Maksim-Smelchak (talk) 10:01, 9 February 2018 (EST)

WHULorigan Notes (2016)[edit]


When comparing real-astronomical star positions to the Traveller Map of Charted Space, it needs to be observed that the axes of the Charted Space Map appear to be tilted almost exactly 45o counter-clockwise from the correct position (i.e. "true" Coreward actually lies parallel to the Lesser Rift). If one makes that adjustment, about 70% of the named stars will fall roughly along their correct bearing. However, there are some exceptions in which the star in question lies in roughly the correct position relative to the Charted Space Map without the need to rotate the coordinate axes.

In general, if one is assigning the position of a Real-Universe star to a Traveller Map hex, it should be acceptable if:

1) The star's longitude angle (θ) is within a 45o bearing-arc between the "true" coordinate axes and the Traveller Charted Space Map coordinate axes, and
2) The star's assigned distance from Terra on the hexmap falls somewhere between its true distance R in parsecs, and its 2D-projection onto the flat map as seen from above, found by Dproj = {R * cos(ɸ)}, where (ɸ) is the latitude angle. If desired, the distance above/below the plane can be determined by Z = {R * sin(ɸ)}.


Information about stars can be found at the following external websites:

  • External Link: RECONS: [1] & [2]
  • External Link: SIMBAD @ University of Strasbourg: [3]
  • External Link: STARS (University of Illinois - Prof. Jim Kaler): [4]
  • External Link: Sol Station: [5]
  • External Link: Internet Stellar Database: [6]
  • External Link: An Atlas of the Universe: [7]

Smelchak Notes (2016)[edit]

External Link: SETI, Astrobiology and Red Dwarfs

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