Trekkies! Vulcan Might Actually Exist!

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 because “Star Trek” creators used that sun in the story. An exoplanet is a planet located outside the 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 [[ goo ]] says it's most likely uninhabitable because half of it orbits 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. Geeked out yet?


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