|Surface Gravity (G)||1.5|
|Rotational Period||None (See Notes)|
|Planetary Population Data|
Perdita is one of the thirty-seven moons orbiting a yet unnamed Gas Giant in the far reaches of the Delta Quadrant. Though a moon it is roughly four times the size of the Earth and nearly twice as massive giving it a gravitational pull about one and a half times that of the Earth. As such life forms, like Humans who developed on a planet with relatively low gravity, find physical activity awkward until their bodies have had time to adjust.
Perdita is tidally locked with the Gas Giant and thus has no rotation; this has caused several peculiar effects in the evolution of its biosphere. One side of the moon is exposed to daylight most of the time and only experiences darkness when the moon passes into its planet’s shadow. This has given the planet some severe weather patterns unlike anything seen on Earth. See Climate Notes Below
On the daylight side, the surface is covered mostly by several oceans and landmasses that serves to carry the planet’s life-giving heat around via oceanic currents. The two landmasses on the dayside are mostly covered in dense tropical jungles that constitute roughly 70% of the moon’s total biodiversity.
The night side of the moon’s surface is covered mostly by landmass save for a relatively narrow band of an ocean that cuts through the middle of the single landmass delivering life-giving heat. Mostly covered with plains and sparse jungle the life forms of the dark side have developed similarly to the creatures of the plains on Earth but have also developed bio-luminescence in much the same fashion as the Earth’s deep-sea organisms.
Along the unmoving terminator where darkness meets light, the temperature differential between the two sides causes the virtually never-ending storm. Coming in the form of Hurricanes and Tornadoes multiple times the magnitude of those seen on Earth these storms are truly epic in proportion. This turbulent region harbors the least amount of life on the planet and can be very dangerous to cross through.
Due to the unique atmospheric conditions, the planet goes through a 50-day repeating weather cycle:
Light = 20 Days – Average Temperatures, 70 degrees Fahrenheit
Dusk = 7 Days – Extremely stormy, violent weather conditions
Night = 16 Days – Average Temperatures -10 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit
Dawn = 7 Days – Average Temperatures, 30-45 degrees Fahrenheit degrees Fahrenheit
Strong minerals present in the soil have given the planet’s foilage a variety of colors and patterns; very different then plantlife found on Earth.