A common question we get is, where did your name come from? Well, actually, this too is based in the science that surrounds our series. So let's start with the science, and go from there!
The Sun has a plasma-based 'outer shell' which is known as a corona (Latin for crown). As a result of magnetic flux from the Sun, the plasma particles of the corona often twist into elegant loops that dance along the solar surface. A solar flare, also known as a coronal mass ejection, is a result of a sudden discharge from the Sun's surface as a result of magnetic field interactions.
From all that, as with our series storyline, an enormous coronal loop when broken due to changes in the magnetic field, will release a solar flare. And thus, 'Broken Crown'!
Great question, but unfortunately, the answer is not as simple.
Generally speaking, one could look at astrobiology as the study of life in the universe, where it comes from, how it adapts to survive in different environments, as well as the study of the future of life in the universe. Sounds cool, but that's a little vague, right? Well, let me try to explain it better through an example. Imagine a planet that we may live on someday. For this example let's choose, umm, Mars for example? If asked to analyze a realistic scenario of future human life on Mars, an astrobiologist will have to consider:
These are just some the questions that we had to address when developing each title for the Broken Crown series!
We hope to soon add science-fiction vs. science-fact pages for each title, which review some of the relation between our fictional game world, and the reality that we derived it from!
We also hope to soon open up our 'spit-ball forums' page, which will allow players and scientists alike, to participate in discussions on the reality of terraforming (turning other planets into 'Earth-like' worlds) and many of the other science topics related to our games!
One major aspect to the field of astronomy is the study of celestial objects, such as planets, stars, and asteroids. This work of those in this field is incredibly important to astrobiologists, as astronomer's studies describe the possible environments in which life would have to survive on planetary bodies across the universe.
Astronomers give astrobiologists details such as:
Again, these are just a few of the questions that our development team had to research in order to create a realistic storyline for the Broken Crown series. We hope to open the forums so players and scientists, alike, can participate in our goal of creating a realistic platform!