Have you ever stared up into Minecraft's night sky? I mean, like, really taken a good, hard look into the frigid cosmos? You might notice that something's amiss. It's kinda empty, and the moon is always opposite the sun, and... this world doesn't work like ours, does it? Here's a shockingly bleak theory on why that is.
In the video, spumwack applies real-life astrophysics to Minecraft's world and comes away with a theory grand as the most formidable of block creations. The gist? Everything is orbiting around the world -- not around the sun, as is the case in our solar system. The moon and the stars and even the sun.
But why? Well, it could be some weird, nearly impossible anomaly or, as spumwack suggests, perhaps the planet's inhabitants had something to do with it. He goes on to outline a theory in which a distant future saw the sun begin to die out, necessitating the creation of a new sun. Rather than face extinction, these people found a way to detonate their own planet and transform it into a new sun.
They then inhabited the surface of their old sun by coating it in stone, dirt, and life -- thus creating a sort of giant, terrarium-flavored jawbreaker. That explains, among other things, the position of the planet relative to everything else in space and also why there's extremely dense rock not far beneath the planet's surface. You're not striking rock bottom. You're striking a dead sun. And when you look up? You're staring at your old home.
But perhaps you still have doubts. Well, spumwack also put together a handy FAQ:
Q: Sun's don't turn into black dwarfs until after they explode. Wouldn't this wipe out all life? A: Indeed it would. However it's entirely possible for life to arise AFTER the explosion. In this case, intelligent life would have millions or billions of years to respond to this threat.
Q: Doesn't the moon having phases negate your "second planet" theory? A: No. It's always roughly opposite the sun. There can be slight variations in orbit that affect its lighting.
Q: Wouldn't the gravity of the sun crush anything in its atmosphere? A: Conventionally, yes. But we're assuming that a civilisation has the technology to store energy and ignite their home planet, so it stands to reason that they would have the technology to negate that gravity. Maybe that's why there is a huge void under the bedrock.
Q: You can't just blow up a planet and turn it into a sun. A: That's not a question. Anyways, this society had millions of years to adapt to a fading sun. This would likely lead to a plethora of creative ways to store and utilise energy, and I'm sure that given a million years to figure it out, they would come up with a solution. Maybe they ignited the atmosphere. Maybe they stripped the crust and exposed the core. Maybe they pulled energy from another dimension. A dying star gives you a long time to figure things out.
Q: How do you transport an entire planet's worth of "stone, dirt, and life"? A: Again, this isn't a fast process. Multiple trips over a few million years gives you enough time to get things done.
I highly, highly, highly doubt Mojang intended any of this, of course. It's just a theory, albeit an impressively elaborate one. But hey, it's fun to dream, to leave our own marks not just on the surface of these places, but within their very fabrics. So what do you think? And do you have any of your own theories about Minecraft's world and inhabitants?