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Vulcan does not exist — but 40 Eridani does

June 13, 2019
MThomas

vulcan

As a kid I remember reading about “Vulcan,” which people used to think existed between Mercury and the Sun but always orbited on the opposite side.

Completely fictional, of course.

But…

Vulcan made a comeback as the fictional home of Spock in Star Trek. It was said by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to be orbiting around 40 Eridani (also called HD 26965), a triple star system in the constellation of Eridanus “the river” in the southern hemisphere just 16 light years distant. In September 2018, astronomers at the University of Florida in Gainesville found a “super-Earth” exoplanet orbiting exactly where Vulcan was said to be.

There is only one logical conclusion…

Spock-Amok

www.forbes.com/sites/jamiecartereurope/2019/05/24/return-of-the-planet-vulcan-how-the-fire-planet-was-destroyed-by-science-and-how-its-been-reborn/

3 Comments

  1. Very interesting the hypothetical planet Vulcan. I don’t know how growing up I could have missed this bit of lore.

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    • My memory might be playing tricks on me, but I seem to recall it being mentioned in an episode of “In Search Of…” which was hosted by (of course) Leonard Nimoy.

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      • I attended a presentation he did in the 70s. He showed “Devil in the Dark” where he does a mind meld with the silicon creature. He also said that actors weren’t a big deal because writers deserve the credit.

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