Life imitates art? Astronomers find Star Trek planet Vulcan

20 Septembre, 2018, 18:10 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Mr. Spock's home world has a basis in reality.                  CBS

Located some 16 light-years away from Earth, Eridani is similar to our sun in age and appearance, but smaller and cooler than our star, making it emit more of an orange hue.

The researchers behind the discovery are excited about more than just the "Star Trek" connection, though, they said. The planet is twice the size of Earth and has a 42-day-long year. The new find is also the first so-called super-Earth discovered by the Dharma Planet Survey, which is created to hunt down relatively small planets around relatively bright stars.

"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.

It marks the first so-called super-Earth to be found by the Dharma Survey.

Woolworths dumps needle sales after fruit contamination cases
The federal government will increase from 10 to 15 years the maximum prison sentence for food tampering offences. The state's strawberry picking season is expected to begin in the next six weeks, according to the premier.

China will not devalue currency to beat Trump's punitive tariffs
On Wednesday, Premier Li said that his government wouldn't devalue the currency in order to boost its exports amid the trade war. Mr Trump has threatened further tariffs on a further $267 billion wave of products.

James Milner up for Champions League award
Jurgen Klopp's side defeated PSG 3-2 at Anfield in their first Champions League game of the season. No Premier League team has scored at the famous stadium since March last season.

"Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A", says Henry, who collected precise brightness measurements of the star at TSU's automated observatory needed to confirm the presence of the planet. The (fictional) planet Vulcan - home world of the legendary Mr. Spock - was first connected to the (real) star 40 Eridani A in 1968, in the publication Star Trek 2 by James Blish. "Therefore, HD 26965 may be an ideal host star for an advanced civilization", Tennessee State University astronomer Matthew Muterspaugh said today in a news release.

HD 26965 is an orange dwarf star, only slightly cooler and slightly less massive than our sun, with a 10.1-year magnetic activity cycle that's almost identical to our sun's 11.6-year sunspot cycle.

The Dharma Planet Survey, which is looking for low-mass planets around bright nearby stars, reports in a paper due to appear in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that the putative "Vulcan"-officially known as HD 26965b (and shown above in an artist's illustration)-is eight times the mass of Earth". Then, in 1991, Star Trek's creator Gene Roddenberry and three astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) confirmed in a letter to Sky & Telescope magazine that 40 Eridani A could indeed work as Vulcan's host star. Now, almost 30 years later, that prediction has proven oddly accurate: a super-Earth type of planet was been discovered orbiting the 40 Eridani star. This is the first such discovery by the Dharma Planet Survey, which is created to hunt down relatively small planets around bright stars in the hope of discovering another habitable home-planet. And now, a team of scientists has said that the star really does host at least one planet. The planet found orbiting 40 Eridani A is estimated to have between 8 and 9 times the mass of Earth, as well as double its radius. Now anyone can see 40 Eridani on a clear night and be proud to point out Spock's home.

Conseillé:

  • Giant spider-web cloaks Greece coast

    Molecular Biologist Maria Chatzaki said: "These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

    Russo Brothers tease Avengers 4 title with monochrome snapshot

    Let us know your theories in the comments. "That'll be after the Captain Marvel teaser probably, announcing that title", Feige told Collider.
    Khloe Kardashian's Baby Daughter Encounters Racism on Social Media

    Khloe Kardashian's Baby Daughter Encounters Racism on Social Media

    The post was obviously well received because it is a picture of endearing baby girls. Thanks for hanging with me, I'm your girl Renee Ariel and I'll see ya next time!
  • Le supporter de l'OL déjà identifié — Salut nazi

    Le supporter de l'OL déjà identifié — Salut nazi

    L'Olympique lyonnais a immédiatement pris les devants face à ce débordement via un communiqué. Le supporter en cause est en cours d'identification par les services de l'OL.
    Imran Khan performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia

    Imran Khan performs Umrah in Saudi Arabia

    Rejecting the SAARC suggestion, Mr Kumar said: "We have agreed to their request for a meeting but do not read too much into it". Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries.
    The DOJ Wants Chinese News Organizations to Register as Foreign Agents

    The DOJ Wants Chinese News Organizations to Register as Foreign Agents

    Interested in China? Add China as an interest to stay up to date on the latest China news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Sources also did not specify the timeline given to Chinese outlets to register as foreign agents.
  • 1 shot at West Chester retirement community; shooter remains on the loose

    1 shot at West Chester retirement community; shooter remains on the loose

    Mike Galczyk said one of the servers - his daughter - was hiding with others in the building. "She told us to stay safe out here". The Philadelphia ATF tells CBS3 they are assisting authorities in Chester County with locating a shooter.
    Mahesh Bhatt to direct daughter Alia in 'Sadak 2'

    Mahesh Bhatt to direct daughter Alia in 'Sadak 2'

    And now cut to today, it kinda makes one wonder what transpired under the hood that ultimately led to the change in faces. Thank you daddy from the bottom of my heart, soul and bones.This will be a journey of discovery.
    ‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ - major study

    ‘Aspirin-a-day risky in old age’ - major study

    Almost one half of the group was given 100 milligrams of aspirin while the others were given a placebo for almost five years. In fact, the group taking aspirin had an slightly elevated risk of death compared to the placebo group (5.9% vs 5.3%).
  • Security measures revealed for Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie

    Security measures revealed for Royal wedding of Princess Eugenie

    But nobody wants to take the risk and spend the money it would cost to put it on air ", they continued. Eugenie's most recent Instagram photos have been adorable throwbacks to her childhood.
    Horrifying Footage Shows Man Deliberately Running Over A Group Of Emus

    Horrifying Footage Shows Man Deliberately Running Over A Group Of Emus

    "'F**king emus", he is heard yelling from behind the camera. "One, two, three ... this is f**king great". The RSPCA urged anyone with any information over the footage's origin to contact them immediately.
    China complains to Sweden over tourists’ treatment

    China complains to Sweden over tourists’ treatment

    The hotel's manager told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that the Zeng family had threatened staff, who then called the police. As was the case in Stockholm, the incident gained attention only after it started trending on Chinese social media.


Populaire

Meghan Markle launches dream cookbook with Prince Harry by her side
Meghan helped put the group in touch with a publisher and her Royal Foundation provided assistance with legal and administrative issues.

Quand Trump conseille à l'Espagne d'ériger un mur au Sahara — Immigration
Trump, sans préciser à quel moment ni dans quel cadre le président américain avait lancé cette phrase. Donald Trump est persuadé d'être plein de bonnes idées.

New Injury Update For Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez
Nebraska has won three of those meetings, including the last two, though Frost, obviously, wasn't part of those games. Nebraska has a big game this weekend, traveling to Ann Arbor to face MI .

Uganda's pop star MP 'taken away' by security officers
Ssentamu had sought treatment in the U.S. for injuries allegedly sustained during state torture, which Uganda's government denies. There's a tight armed police cordon around the airport, with helicopters circling overhead.

LeBron James a bien rendez-vous avec Bugs Bunny — NBA
On entend déjà couiner les baskets sur le parquet et applaudir la foule en délire. Bugs Bunny, LeBron James, Terence Nance et Ryan Cooger.

Elle parle des dangers de la télé-réalité dans TPMP — Vanessa Lawrens
Ainsi, Sarah Fraisou , Illan Castronovo et Vanessa Lawrens sont venus évoquer leur parcours sur le petit écran. En effet, la jeune femme a partagé ses anecdotes concernant l'univers de la télé-réalité.

Emilia Clarke Gets Dragon Tattoo in Honor of 'Game of Thrones'!
She said the end of filming was a 'genuine existential crisis, like, legit, where you're like, "What?"' Both actresses have been on show for nearly a decade, starring since its inception in 2011.

FG suspends Nigeria Air project - Minister
Among the critics was former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili, who argued that the process was not completely transparent. The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines said in August the airline was frontrunner to set up and manage the carrier.

Woman on train spots man who raped her six years ago
Holmes MARTA station in Atlanta when White drove up in his vehicle and asked if she wanted a ride on the night of the attack. During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence indicating that White was behind at least four other rapes.

Shark horror: Child bitten in second horrific attack
This comes just 24 hours after a Tasmanian tourist was left fighting for life in hospital after a shark attack in the same spot. There's been a second shark attack in less than twenty-four hours at The Whitsundays region in North Queensland .