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quote:1) where did this planet obtain so much rotational energy?
quote:2)I suspect such a planet would have torn itself apart, and would no longer be a plane.
quote:3)With so much surface area, and so little mass, would it not have the effect of being a highly effective solar sail, being pushed out of the solar system by the force of the solar wind acting upon it.
quote:I imagine living near the center of this disk would be quite dull compared with living near the edge!?
quote:If the world is flat then the sun is going around it and if you sail too far you will fall off. I know I heard this somewhere before but I just can't remember where
quote:I think what you mean is a very oblate (flattened) spheroid, I see no reason why this wouldn't work, up to a point. I am not sure that it would work if there was a largeish moon in orbit, as the tides would slow it down so it would become more like a sphere again.
quote: It would have an interesting effect on the climate, as most of your planet is essentially polar, so you are either going to get very weak sunlight, or 6 month's of day and night. If the planet's axis was tilted like earth's then you will have summers and winters where half your massive planet is very hot and the other half very cold, this will produce some serious winds, especially when coupled with the amount of angular momentum you have in the system, you are going to get some serious storms!!