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Old September 23 2012, 01:09 AM   #42
Nerys Myk
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Re: Are there too many "convenient" planets or scenarios to beam down

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Well, it goes without saying that any planet is going to be orbiting some star or other. And the nomenclature was often quite specific. For example, the planet in "This Side of Paradise" is Omicron Ceti Three, meaning it's the third planet orbiting the fifteenth brightest star (omicron being the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet) in the constellation Cetus (the whale).
Not always. In "Enterprise" episode "Rogue Planet" they found a planet with no sun that somehow managed to support a complete ecosystem. There was no explanation for what the planet's source of heat was, and I don't think there is anything redeeming that episode scientifically.
From Memory Alpha

Rogue Planet Summery wrote:
When the Enterprise discovers a "rogue": a planet that has broken out of its orbit. They decide to lay in a course to take a closer look. Scanning it, T'Pol points out that this planet supports a diverse animal population despite being a rogue, because of hot gases venting from its interior, forming oases where most lifeforms are concentrated.
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