The eighth and outermost planet in the Keser-Tefireth system, Malkuth, it is theorized is, like Tefireth, another failed star. In Malkuth’s case, it did not achieve sufficient mass to even become a brown dwarf like Tefireth. Its eccentric, retrograde orbit is an indication that it may not have been born in the Otz Chiim system, but rather is a wanderer that became trapped in the Otz gravity well.
Pronunciation & Astronomical Name
(Mål•küth´) aka Keser 8
Malkuth’s orbit lies far outside the native planets of the Keser-Tefireth system at a mean distance of 5.5 billion km from Keser; its period of revolution is 95 standard years. The planet has an eccentric elliptical and retrograde orbit. Malkuth, when at its closest point to Keser (perihelion), is within the orbit of Yesod at 3.6 billion km. This occurs every 190 to 222 standard years. At opposition when Malkuth is at its greatest distance from Keser (aphelion) it is about 7.3 billion km from the star. The retrograde orbit is one of the strongest arguments proponents of the “wanderer theory” have for the origin of Malkuth.
Malkuth has a diameter of 116,980 km, more than 13 times that of Earth. Its mass is 318 times that of Earth and about 12 times the mass of all other planets combined. The atmosphere of Malkuth is composed mainly of hydrogen, helium, methane, and ammonia. However, concentrations of nitrogen, carbon, argon, xenon, krypton, and lithium have also been identified. Characteristic of the general class of gas giant planets, Malkuth’s atmosphere appears to be divided into a number of lighter and dark bands parallel to its equator and shows a range of complex features.
As with other gas giants, Malkuth has no solid rock surface. One theory pictures a gradual transition from the outer ammonia clouds to a thick layer of frozen gases and finally to a liquid hydrogen mantle and a solid metallic helium core 30-45 times that of Earth’s core. The markings of the atmosphere also provide evidence for Malkuth’s rapid rotation, which has a period of about 16 hr 10 min. This rotation causes a polar flattening of over 11%. The temperature ranges from about 149°A for the visible surface of the atmosphere, to 260°A at lower cloud levels; localized regions reach as high as 269°A at still lower cloud levels near the equator. Malkuth radiates about six times as much heat energy as it receives from Keser, suggesting an internal heat source and another confirmation of the “wanderer theory”.