Real-life ‘Planet Vulcan was 16 light-years away from the Earth

(Credit: University of Florida, Davis)

If these inhabitants, it is a good bet that they all “live long and prosper.”

The real life of the planet Vulcan, once the home of “Star Trek,” Spock (made famous by Leonard Nimoy), has been found, thanks to scientists have discovered that an exoplanet just 16 light-years from Earth.

The planet is associated with the real-life star 40 Eridani A, which has been found to host a planet. It is about twice the size of the Earth (giving it the name of a “Super-Earth), and orbits a star that every 42 days, said astronomer Jian Ge, who led the study.


“Vulcan was connected to the 40 Eridani A in the publications ‘Star Trek 2’ by James Blish (Bantam, 1968) and ” Star Trek Maps by Jeff Maynard (Bantam, 1980),” says astronomer George Henry in the statement.

Given the fact that 40 Eridani A is somewhat cooler and less massive than our Sun and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle (compared to 11.6 for our Sun), it would be an “ideal star” for an advanced civilization, astronomer Matthew Muterspaugh noted.

“The new planet is a” super-Earth ” in orbit around the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth in a orbit around another Sun-like star,” said Ge in a statement. “The planet is about twice the size of Earth and orbits a star with a 42-day period in the star, is the optimum habitable zone.”

The 40 Eridani star system consists of three stars, with Vulcan a job to the “primary” star and the two others are companion stars, which, according to a 1991 letter from Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and several Harvard astrophysicists, “would brilliantly shine in the Vulcan sky.”


40 Eridani A, also known as HD 26965, was discovered with the help of the Dharma Fund Foundation Telescope (ADEPT) and is the first ‘super-Earth’ found by the Dharma Survey, the researchers noted.

“This star can be seen with the naked eye, in contrast to the host stars of most of the known planets discovered to date,” said University of Florida astronomer and lead author of the study Bo Ma, in a statement. “Now everyone can see the 40 Eridani A, on a clear night and be proud of it, point out of Spock’s house.”

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