A super-Earth orbits the star named by Star Trek ’s creator as the host of the planet Vulcan.
Astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of Earth orbiting the nearby star 40 Eridani — precisely where Star Trek character Spock’s home planet Vulcan supposedly lies.
That star, known as HD 26965 or 40 Eridani, is roughly the same age as the Sun, but slightly cooler and less massive.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wrote in 1991 that 40 Eridani is Vulcan’s home star.
40 Eridani is a triple star system, and the newfound planet orbits the system’s primary star, just as Vulcan purportedly does.
At 5 parsecs (about 16 light years) from Earth, the star is bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
However, it is a little too close to its star for life as we know it to prosper. »