October 27, 2008
Posted by scott at October 27, 2008 02:49 PM
Scientists have found a solar system with both a "well behaved" Jupiter-like planet and an asteroid field. The implication is that this is the solar system most like ours found to-date, which makes it a leading candidate to host an Earth-like planet. The twist? It all orbits the star Gene Roddenberry picked as the home system of Vulcan, which all good Trekkies know is the home of Spock.
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I'm not sure if they've actually gotten around to assigning names (as opposed to catalog numbers) for the extrasolar planets that've been discovered in the last 20 years or so, but my vote is for calling the one here Vulcan.
Sort of a science-geek payback to ol' Gene for all the nerdy goodness...