Has Vulcan been found?
- URL to an article in USA Today
Seems perfectly logical to me.
First few paragraphs
Star Trek fans, take heart — Mr. Spock's fabled home star, the nearby
Epsilon Eridani, could harbor an Earth-like planet.
NASA astronomers today report that the triple-ringed star has an asteroid
belt and a Jupiter-like giant planet in roughly the same orbits as in our own
solar system. Only 850 million years old, a fifth the age of Earth's sun,
Epsilon Eridani resembles a younger twin to our solar system. About 62 trillion
miles away, it is the closest known solar system.
It was borrowed by the creators of the TV series Star Trek as the location
of Vulcan, the planet that gave us the super-logical science officer Mr.
"We certainly haven't seen it yet, but if its solar system is anything like
ours, then there should be planets like ours," say astronomer Massimo Marengo
of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass.
The NASA Spitzer space telescope results, which measure the infrared heat
given off by dust and ice rings circling the star, suggest Epsilon Eridani
possesses three jumbo worlds, revealed by dust-free circular lanes in its
asteroid belt and more distant comet belts."
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