New super-Earth planet discovered in Star Trek related solar system

Spock's home world has been discovered (sort of)

Spock's home world has been discovered (sort of)

"Vulcan is the home planet of Science Officer Mr. Spock in the original "Star Trek" Sci-Fi series", says Henry.

The discovery of the planet, just 16 light-years away, makes it the closest "super Earth" - a rocky planet larger than our own - discovered to date.

Early in the existence of Star Trek, it didn't matter much where exactly Vulcan was in the cosmos. Later, the expanding of technical background details necessitated accurate connections to the real world. Star Trek fans may think of it as the Eridani A, according to some of the researchers.

One of the things that made the Star Trek series great was the variety of characters and planets.

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"The orange-tinted HD 26965 is only slightly cooler and slightly less massive than our Sun, is approximately the same age as our Sun, and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle almost identical to the Sun's 11.6-year sunspot cycle", study author Matthew Muterspaugh of Tennessee State University said in a statement. In a letter published in the periodical "Sky and Telescope" in July 1991, Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, along with Sallie Baliunas, Robert Donahue, and George Nassiopoulos of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics confirmed the identification of 40 Eridani A as Vulcan's host star. "Now, anyone can see 40 Eridani A on a clear night and be proud to point out Spock's home".

The "Kepler" telescope and several ground-based observatories have discovered thousands of planets outside the Solar system. Twice as big as the Earth, it revolves around its star every 42 days, moving through a habitable zone. But new findings show that an exoplanet is orbiting the real star that Vulcan is said to be circling in Star Trek. Although, Vulcan itself was largely desert.

The newly found planet may really not have occupants with pointy ears. That we can infer its presence from small wobbles in the star caused by the orbiting planet. It's unclear if the unnamed exoplanet transits in front of its host star from our perspective. If so, we may be able to characterize its atmosphere and verify the physical characteristics.

Given the fact 40 Eridani A is slightly cooler and less massive than our Sun and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle (compared to 11.6 for our Sun), it could be an "ideal host star" for an advanced civilization, astronomer Matthew Muterspaugh noted. The new study has additional data to makes its case. More observations are needed. But Ge stated he meant to get in touch with the Union to ask that the exoplanet be called Vulcan.

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