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Kel is a dwarf planet and the first Trans-Naalian Object in the Kerbol System.

In-game Description

"First thought to be the long sought for ninth-planet, Kel has since been moved to a category for smaller planet-like bodies: a dwarf planet, like Dres. During its initial discovery, Kel was believed to possess an abnormally large hump on its surface. That is, until the discoverers cleaned their telescopes and realized that that “hump” was actually a moon. Whoops."

Physical Characteristics

Kel has a surprisingly active surface for such a small and distant body. The surface of Kel is covered in all kinds of ices, but mostly methane and water ice. One of Kel's most notable features is Kebnik Planitia, a large, flat plain.

Atmosphere

Kel has a very thin and cold atmosphere, mainly composed of nitrogen (N₂) and methane (CH4). During the global "winter" of the dwarf planet's year, much of the methane in the atmosphere can actually freeze and sublime onto its surface, causing the atmosphere to become thinner.

Many scientists believe if Kel's atmosphere was just a little bit thicker, the environment on the dwarf planet would be much different, with features such as lakes of liquid nitrogen and methane.

Orbit - Rotation

This dwarf planet has a very eccentric and inclined orbit, giving it both hemispheric and worldwide seasons.

Moon

Kel has one large moon (in relation to Kel's size): Char. Char is so large that most scientists consider Kel and Char to be a binary system.

Possibilities of Life

Kel has been seen to possibly harbor subsurface oceans under the surface due to its tidal interactions with Char. Kel also contains an abundance of organic compounds on the surface, along with large amounts of water ice. It is possible there could be life residing under the icy surface of Kel.

Biomes

  • Lowlands
  • Midlands
  • Highlands
  • Impact Craters
  • Canyons
  • Peaks
  • Kebnik Planitia

Kel Biome 0.7

Gallery

A view of Char from Kel.

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