Solar System: Tamoa (tah-moh'-ah). [From the Mayan name for paradise.]
Planet: Ceiba (say-ee'-bah). [From the World Tree of Mayan mythology.]
NOTE: Humanity has assigned names from Mayan and Aztec mythology to the suns, planets, and moons in this system
Binary Star System
Star #1 (binary star system): Quetzel (ket'-zol). [First half of the Aztec deity Quetzlcoatl.]
Star #2 (binary star system): Coatl (koo-yah'-til). [Second half of the Aztec deity Quetzlcoatl.]
• Quetzel and Coatl are a pair of aging suns of 1.3M (solar masses) each. They provide a yellowish daylight hue on Ceiba.
• The second planet from the system’s binary stars, Quetzel and Coatl.
• A Ceiban year is 729 Ceiban days.
• Due to the gravitational interactions with its moon, Ceiba spins faster than Earth; a Ceiban day is approximately 22 Earth hours.
• Ceiba gravity is approximately 0.95g.
• Ceiba is a water-covered world with large oceans but no polar ice caps.
• One supercontinent largely sitting along the planet's equatorial belt and numerous mountainous archipelagos jutting out into the planet’s oceans.
• Largely tropical, with dense and expansive jungle over rocky terrain.
• The coasts are uniformly covered in dense jungle and a few arid/desert-like plateaus where the mountainous terrain raises to some relatively higher escarpments.
• The coastal areas are extremely rocky and treacherous, being subject to massive tidal sea level changes and very large waves due to the gravitational impact of Ceiba’s large moon, Pekku.
• The atmosphere is highly oxygenated due to the massive rainforests covering the mega-continent. It also maintains a relatively high carbon dioxide percentage to support high density floral growth. 65% nitrogen, 32% oxygen, 2% carbon dioxide.
• Ocean-dwelling fauna have yet to be well-explored, though huge leviathans are known to populate its vast expanse.
• Severe hurricanes are common, though usually not intensely felt on the continent at ground level beneath the jungle's canopy.
Pekku: Ceiba’s Moon
Pekku (Peh'-koo). [From the Mayan god of thunder.]
• Pekku is Ceiba's solitary moon.
• Pekku's orbit takes 30 days to complete.
• It is a third the size of Ceiba, large enough that the two almost form a binary planetary system.
• Pekku plays a significant role in Ceiba’s planetary climate. The size of the moon creates massive tidal and weather system impacts as the moon transits its orbit.
• A moon of Pekku's size results in a typical day/night pattern for most of the moon's orbit – until the moon eclipses the suns.
• Eclipse: Over the course of five Ceiban days, the moon moves through partial into total eclipse. At full eclipse, daytime is a pseudo-twilight, with a great glowing disk dominating the sky.
Other Planets in the System
Metnal [from the Mayan name for the underworld]: The planet closest to Quetzel and Coatl; a tidally locked molten rock.
The system has three large gas giants beyond the goldilocks zone (in order of increasing orbital distance):
Manik [from the Mayan god of sacrifice]: Blue in hue; brighter in the skies of Ceiba due to greater proximity and size.
Nacon [from the Mayan god of war]: Reddish hue
Naum [from the Mayan god of the mind and consciousness]
Luke Salvalaggio (planet name, star system, and global conditions)
Images from 0HD [Astrograph Extraction]