The Maker: Adventures in Time and Space
Magmus is a planet located very close to its nearby star. Because of this proximity, the surface of the planet is extremely hot, and there is extreme volcanic and magma activity on the surface of the planet. The surface temperature on the side facing the sun is about 572 degrees Fahrenheit (300 Celsius), while on the dark side the temperature drops to –148 degrees Fahrenheit (‐100 Celsius). However, the planet rotates very slowly, at a rate of only
once per month. No one lives on the planet. Space travelers do regularly visit the planet because of its high molten mineral content, and to use the heat and pressure of the planet to farm hardened materials such as diamonds and natural alloys. Many space travelers that go to the molten side on “seeding” missions, such as to bury fields of pressurized carbon, and then returning months later to harvest the diamonds on the dark side of the planet after the high heat and pressure has changed the carbon. Those that visit the planet’s surface must wear environmental suits, often referred to as “ice suits” because they must be cooled to such a low temperature in order to stabilize the environment inside the suit for the wearer (and obviously also warmed when harvesting on the dark side). In all the planet is not very welcoming but serves an important commercial purpose.