Astronomers Discover Fictional Star Trek Planet, Vulcan

posted by Nathalie Rodriguez - 

The home planet of Captain Spock from Star Trek might actually exist.  Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet that orbits 40 Eridani A, which is where the fictional planet, Vulcan, would be.  

An exoplanet is a planet located outside our sun's solar system.  The newly-discovered one is 16 light years away and twice the size of Earth.  University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge says it's most likely uninhabitable because half of it faces a star, and is likely too hot.  It might be possible to live on the other half, though.  Ge says he wants the exoplanet to be named Vulcan.

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