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Nearby Super-Earth Just Discovered - 'Planet Vulcan' Orbits Sun Featured in 'Star Trek'

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Star Trek's" planet Vulcan, ancestral home of Spock and his species, just became a little more real, thanks to a team of exoplanet scientists.

Because "Star Trek" creators eventually associated planet Vulcan with a real star, called 40 Eridani A, scientists have wondered for years whether a factual equivalent of the beloved science fiction planet exists, with or without pointy-eared inhabitants. And now, a team of scientists has said that the star really does host at least one planet.

"This star can be seen with the naked eye, unlike the host stars of most of the known planets discovered to date," Bo Ma, lead author of the new research and an astronomer at the University of Florida, said in a statement. "Now, anyone can see 40 Eridani A on a clear night and be proud to point out Spock's home."

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Read more here: https://www.space.com/41862-planet-vulcan-real-star-trek-discovery.html

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-newly-planet-spock-home-world.html

Research Paper: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article-abstract/480/2/2411/5056228?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Clips, images credit: Sky & telescope, ESO, ESA/HUBBLE & NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
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