Beta
 

Overview:

Beta is the most notable planet in the system. It's just barely smaller than Earth with liquid water and an atmosphere that can (and does) support life. It also has one moon that's fairly similar to ours
Beta orbits at about 0.87AU (120,000,000 km or 73,000,000 mi) from its sun and completes an orbit (one Beta year) in about 296 days.

Moons:

Beta has a single large moon, which is slightly smaller than ours. The moon completes its cycle in approximately 10.5 days, making a Beta month just over a third of ours.

Tides:

The forces of its moon and sun, along with all the other bodies in its system, pull on Beta and everything on it, deforming it and creating tides, in exactly the same way as Earth.
The animation at right shows how gravity creates tides. Note that the tides shown in the animation are greatly exaggerated—if they were accurate, high tide would be nearly 5000 km (3000 mi) deep!
I won't explain tides in too much detail here. There are a lot of places that already have perfectly good explanations for Earth, and it works in exactly the same for Beta. For more information, you might start with Wikipedia's article on tides.

Maps:

Here are some maps showing various information about Beta.

  • Landform map showing basic outlines of continents and islands
  • Physical map showing mountains and climates
  • Tectonic map showing fault lines, which haven't been updated since the continents have drifted.
  • Ocean currents — this is a rough sketch of Beta's ocean currents
  • Migration map showing the migrations of the three primary hominid species.
  • Migration animation [avi] — a work in progress that will eventually show all the above migrations in more detail and in relative time.
  • Old globe with the continents in slightly different places. The other maps have been updated.