The Gate
Enigma Lyrics


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Closest approach to earth
34,600,000 miles
Mean distance from the sun
141,600,000 miles
Mean distance from the sun
141,600,000 miles
Period of rotation around the sun
1.88089 years
Sidereal rotation period
24 hours,37 minutes, 22.66 seconds
Mean surface atmospheric temperature
23 degrees
Visual albedo
0.159
Pole Star
BD 52 Degrees 2880
Visual magnitude at mean opposition
2.01
Mass
0.10174
Density
3.93

"O Fortuna
Velut Luna"
Statu variabilis,
("O Fortune
Like the Moon"
You are changeable,)

Diameter
0.532
Inclination of equator to orbit
24.936 degrees
Gravitational escape velocity




3.121 miles per hour
Inclination

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Enigma's The Gate provide a list of factual information about a celestial body, which seems to be the planet Mars. The song talks about its distance from the earth and the sun, its rotational periods around the sun and its axis, as well as its atmospheric temperature, magnitude, mass, density, and other physical characteristics.


The lyrics then introduce a phrase that is repeated throughout the song, "O Fortuna Velut Luna," which can be translated to "O Fortune Like the Moon," suggesting that the planet's destiny, much like the moon's, is subject to change, variability, and unpredictability. The song seems to reflect on humanity's fascination and curiosity with the cosmos, our desire to explore and understand these celestial bodies, and our recognition of the power and mystery that they hold.


Line by Line Meaning

Closest approach to earth
The minimum distance between the object being referred to and planet earth.


34,600,000 miles
The closest distance in miles between the object and planet earth.


Mean distance from the sun
The average distance between the object being referred to and the sun over time.


141,600,000 miles
The average distance in miles between the object and the sun over time.


Period of rotation around the sun
The time taken by the object being referred to, to revolve around the sun.


1.88089 years
The time taken by the object being referred to, to revolve around the sun in years.


Sidereal rotation period
The time taken by the object being referred to, to complete one rotation on its own axis.


24 hours,37 minutes, 22.66 seconds
The time taken by the object being referred to, to complete one full rotation around its own axis.


Mean surface atmospheric temperature
The average temperature on the surface of the object being referred to.


23 degrees
The surface temperature of the object being referred to in degrees.


Visual albedo
The fraction of the total light reflected by the object being referred to.


0.159
The fraction of the total light reflected by the object being referred to in decimal format.


Pole Star
The star which is positioned almost exactly above the Earth's North Pole.


BD 52 Degrees 2880
The coordinates of the Pole Star.


Visual magnitude at mean opposition
The brightness of the object being referred to as seen from earth.


2.01
The brightness of the object being referred to as seen from earth on a magnitude scale.


Mass
Amount of matter in the object being referred to.


0.10174
The amount of matter in the object being referred to in solar mass units.


Density
The mass of an object per unit volume.


3.93
The mass of the object being referred to per unit volume in grams per cubic centimeter.


"O Fortuna Velut Luna"
In Latin, "O Fortune, Like the Moon", suggesting that the object being referred to, like the Moon, is also subject to cycles of change.


Statu variabilis,
Indicating that the object being referred to is changeable or subject to change.


Diameter
The length of a straight line passing through the center of the object being referred to from one side to the other.


0.532
The length of a straight line passing through the center of the object being referred to from one side to the other in kilometers.


Inclination of equator to orbit
The angle between the equator of the object being referred to and its orbital plane.


24.936 degrees
The angle between the equator of the object being referred to and its orbital plane in degrees.


Gravitational escape velocity
The minimum speed needed for an object to escape the gravitational pull of the object being referred to.


3.121 miles per hour
The minimum speed needed for an object to escape the gravitational pull of the object being referred to in miles per hour.


Inclination
The angle at which the orbit of the object being referred to is inclined to the orbital plane of another object or system.




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Written by: CRETU, ORFF

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