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Cervantes is a G3V star added into the mod Interstellar Adventure Revived and first appearing in Interstellar Adventure. A Kerbal-scale recreation of Mu Arae (now named Cervantes), this is a large yellow star nearing the end of the main sequence. One Mega-Kerbin, three gas giants, and a comet orbit the star.

In-Game Description

"Known since the time of the ancients, Cervantes is known to confuse a lot of Kerbals because they can't see any difference between it and their Sun. Cervantes is a good place for SolarPanels, because of the high-energetic light there."
-Kerbal Astronomical Union

Stellar Characteristics

Cervantes is a larger and brighter star than Kerbol. It has a radius of over 350,000 kilometers and puts out 1.5 times the energy of the stock sun. Unlike Kerbol, Cervantes appears to lack major stellar activity. This can be inferred because of the star's cold corona, which glows orange. If Cervantes' corona was white, it would mean the star had normal flare activity. But an orange corona means lower temperatures, which also means less flares. That could show that Cervantes is an older star than Kerbol.

Despite being larger and brighter than the Kerbal's home star, Cervantes has constantly been mistaken for Kerbol. This could mean that Cervantes once appeared brighter. In order for that to be true, it would have to pass close to the Kerbol system during the time of the ancients, about 4,000 years prior to the setup of the KSC. This close encounter would have shoved the dwarf planet Eeloo into the eccentric orbit it has today. However, an event like that would greatly effect Kerbin's stable climate, so that theory could be incorrect.

Cervantes shows signs that it may be ending its life. Like other stars nearing their red giant phase, Cervantes lacks flares and major stellar activity. It also is unusually bright and large, and also has a debris field. This field could be caused by matter blown off of Cervantes anytime within the past 10,000 years, because the rings were first reported by ancient Kerbal stargazers.

Asteroid Belt

Unlike Kerbol, Cervantes has an asteroid field between itself and the orbit of Dulcinea. This belt is a mystery

because older stars shouldn't have such prominent rings. While it may consist of gas ejected from the star itself, it is more likely that the asteroid field of Cervantes came from other planets.

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The asteroid belt of Cervantes seen from Rocinante's moon

The first scenario is that two bodies, up to the size of Kerbin itself, has a head-on collision within the last 100 million years. That type of impact would produce the correct amount of material at the right time to make Cervantes' ring system the way ancient Kerbals saw it. Another possible idea is that the Super-Kerbin Dulcinea tore apart planets trying to form. This would explain its giant impact scars.

Cervantes' asteroid field is rumored to have at least one body with a radius of at least 50 kilometers. However, such claims have not yet been confirmed.

Planetary System

Cervantes' solar system contains four major planets. The four planets, named Dulcinea, Rocinante, Quijote, and Sancho, have orbits tilted around 5 degrees to Kerbin's line of sight, due to the star's 5 degree axial tilt. Several moons have been found in the system.

  • Dulcinea: A giant "Super-Kerbin" that orbits on the edge of Cervantes' ring system. It has a huge, scorching atmosphere that makes it a very difficult place to land on.
  • Rocinante: Once a regular ice giant, this planet became yellow after moving closer to Cervantes. No one is sure what caused it, but sand has recently been ruled out.
  • Quijote: The second-largest planet in the Cervantes system. Quijote has an oxygen-rich atmosphere, bright rings, and a few habitable moons.
  • Sancho: The largest gas giant ever discovered. This brown, gaseous planet is covered in storms and sometimes destroys random comets that come too close.
  • K/2016/A2 (Kalley): A relatively large, green comet orbiting Cervantes. It is an amazing spectacle that is very hard to witness.

Trivia

  • Muarae

    Cervantes (Mu Arae) in real life

    During the development stages of the mod, Cervantes was named Alcides, after the birth name of the Greek hero Hercules.
  • Cervantes is an actual star in real life: Mu Arae, which was named Cervantes by the IAU in December 2015.

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