A team of American astronomers from the University of Florida and Tennessee State University has announced the discovery of a new super-Earth, 16 light-years away from our planet. And this world could be “Vulcan”, this fictitious planet found in the Star Trek universe.
Thousands of planets have been detected over the last 10 years, but some are more symbolic than others. A team of astronomers is indeed reporting the discovery of a new world, “close” to ours. In addition to being the nearest super-Earth orbiting another star, it could be compared to the famous planet Vulcan planet, found in the universe of Star Trek – the home planet of Mr. Spock. Twice as big as the Earth, it revolves around its star every 42 days, moving through a habitable zone.
As for its star, HD 26965, it is “slightly colder and slightly less massive than our Sun.” The two stars are nevertheless the same age, and follow substantially the same magnetic cycle. “As a result,” said astronomer Jian Ge of the University of Florida, “HD 26965 could be an ideal star for an advanced civilization.”
“Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A,” says Gregory Henry of Tennessee State University. Vulcan was connected to 40 Eridani A in Star Trek 2, James Blish (Bantam, 1968) and Star Trek Maps, by Jeff Maynard (Bantam, 1980). In a letter published in 1991, Gene Roddenberry – the creator of Star Trek – has also confirmed with several astronomers the identification of 40 Eridani A as the host of the planet Vulcan.
“This star can be seen with the naked eye,” continues the researcher. So, now, everyone can see 40 Eridani on a clear night and be proud to look at Spock’s house. ” You will find all the details of this study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.