Here Comes That City Builder Set on the Back of a Giant Space Turtle

A new odd city-building survival game has come out on May 1st, and it is called World Turtles. In it, the player is in charge of establishing a civilization of peaceful people who live on the seas and continents that are placed on the back of a giant turtle swimming through space.

A Civilization on a Giant Space Turtle

A City Building Game On the Back of a Giant Space Turtle
A Civilization on a Giant Space Turtle

Players have to convince the Meeps, a people in the game, to join the cause of feeding and caring for the giant turtle. They have to unite the Meeps into a peaceful and sustainable society capable of carrying out the task. According to the developer, what was needed for success in the game was cooperation and not conquest. Apparently, the turtle would wander into the more treacherous parts of space and even meet others of its kind.

World Turtles was created by a single developer out of South Africa, and it is clearly a passion project by a person who wanted to see this specific game made. The game is a wholesome colony builder focused on sustainability, where the goal is to help the Meeps organize. The idea of a world turtle is familiar to many and is common in mythology. Some kind of a world turtle myth can be found in Chinese, Native American, and Hindu mythologies.

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down

World Turtles has a big goal and starts with the Meep tribe the player controls, exploring the turtleback and striving to unite the other tribes under a single banner. The Meeps have to establish economies, build a society, and figure out how they are supposed to take care of the Turtle as it swims through the universe. That’s not all, though, because once the turtleback knows world peace and the turtle is safe, the player launches the Meeps Space Program. From there, the Turtle can be directed through space to explore new sectors of space that also impact the conditions and climate of the world.

A New Aurora Was Discovered Illuminating Jupiter’s Four Biggest Moons

If people someday create colonies on Jupiter’s four big moons, the inhabitants will be able to enjoy looking up. In addition to the view of Jupiter hanging in the sky from the side of each moon that faces the planet, as well as views of every other moon, tiny and large, there will be a stunning aurora. Interestingly, scientists have discovered this using one of the largest telescopes on Earth.

A New Aurora Was Discovered Illuminating Jupiter’s Four Biggest MoonsJupiter’s Beautiful Aurora

Jupiter’s impressive aurora is well known. Despite the diminution of the solar wind and its position, it appears to have a particular impact on the thermal balance of the big planet. Despite the low atmospheres and absence of magnetic fields, the ultraviolet components of the moon’s aurora have previously been examined. Recently, the research has been extended to the visible spectrum, and our knowledge of the atmospheres of these worlds has been expanded.

Spectrographs on the other large telescopes and the High-Resolution Echelle Spectrometer at the Keck Observatory were used to gather data for two studies published in an online science journal. On three of the moons, optical aurora has never before been studied.

When the moons are in daylight, it’s impossible to detect these auroras. Yet, the Earth is too close to the sun to observe their far sides. Instead, the team observed the moons during Jupiter’s eclipse. Caltech’s Dr. Katherine de Kleer issued a statement that these measurements are difficult since the moons are practically undetectable in the shadow of Jupiter. The light emitted by their tiny aurora is the only indication that the telescope is aimed in the appropriate direction.

Yellow-Orange Glow, Mixed With Green & Red

Io is where things get interesting. Being the moon that’s closest to the heart of the magnetic field, it has an atmosphere constantly refreshed by volcanic plumes spanning hundreds of miles high. The result is a yellow-orange glow, similar to sodium-based streetlights, with traces of green and red from oxygen.

The auroras change based on each moon’s connection to Jupiter’s tilted magnetic field and its shadow at any given time. Professor Carl Schmidt of Boston University states that after 15 minutes of entering Jupiter’s shadow, Io’s sodium becomes very feeble, and it takes many hours for it to recover once it emerges into sunlight. The oxygen component is far more stable, and because Io’s orbit is so short, it dominates most of the time.