rating: 0+x

Basic Information

A planet is a body orbiting a star or stellar remnant which is large enough to attain a round shape under its own gravity but which has failed to become large enough to ignite thermonuclear fusion and thus become a star in its own right. Planets are generally distinguished between gas giants and small, rocky terrestrial planets.

Planet Types

Specific Named Planets

See Also:



Game and Story Use

  • A fantasy game featuring interplanetary travel might have large bodies which are comparable with planets in size, yet which are neither spherical nor otherwise fit the definition of gas giants or terrestrial planets.
    • Terry Pratchett's Discworld is the most famous example in modern fiction.
  • The degree of habitability of the planet will determine it's role in the story, and how dangerous it is to be there. Is it a Goldilocks Planet, a barren rock, or a full-on Death World?
  • Our Random Planetary System generator will create an entire star system full of planets for your use.
Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License