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Quintuple Star System
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Well, a quick gander at Wikipedia suggests that for circumbinary planets "theoretical calculations indicate the minimum stable separation is roughly two to three times the size of the stars' separation" with a citation from Scientific American in 2013. I've seen three times the orbital radius as a rule of thumb for circumbinary planets a couple places elsewhere, as well. The book What if the Earth Had Two Moons includes a scenario with an alternate Earth around a contact binary; the author is a professor of physics and astronomy. He did not think that tidal forces would render this impossible.

I'm not necessarily advocating for a garden world, since those are rare, but a planet that can support life and be a terraforming candidate, that seems plausible.

On a more whimsical note, I'd like to suggest "Horus" as a possible name for the contact binary. If it's in the Solar Dominion, that'd fit their preferences, a contact binary has a vaguely "eye of Horus" look (at least to my mind), and a quick look at the EG shows that it appears not to have been used yet. Conveniently, Egypt has at least three other sun gods I can think of: Ra (or Re), Amun (or Amon) and Aten. Since Amun and Ra are sometimes joined, maybe the separate binary stars could be Amun and Ra, and the fifth star could be Aten.
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Quintuple Star System - by Cray - 07-08-2015, 07:47 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by Rynn - 07-08-2015, 09:05 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by PortalHunter - 07-09-2015, 05:23 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by Drashner1 - 07-09-2015, 11:50 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-09-2015, 02:38 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by stevebowers - 07-09-2015, 03:19 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-09-2015, 04:02 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by stevebowers - 07-10-2015, 12:17 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by smithofbexar - 07-10-2015, 12:57 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by stevebowers - 07-10-2015, 05:26 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-10-2015, 05:28 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by Bear - 07-10-2015, 01:24 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-10-2015, 02:19 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by stevebowers - 07-10-2015, 03:33 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-15-2015, 06:31 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by Drashner1 - 07-15-2015, 07:23 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by stevebowers - 07-15-2015, 07:41 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by radtech497 - 07-15-2015, 02:24 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-15-2015, 03:01 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-15-2015, 03:04 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by radtech497 - 07-15-2015, 03:37 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-16-2015, 04:41 AM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-17-2015, 02:40 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-29-2015, 02:35 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by radtech497 - 07-29-2015, 03:02 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-29-2015, 03:11 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by radtech497 - 07-29-2015, 03:31 PM
RE: Quintuple Star System - by TSSL - 07-29-2015, 03:39 PM

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