Have Astronomers Found Vulcan?

Live chat on Discord! https://discord.gg/nqGpvtK What would the planet Vulcan be like? It might be like the "super-Earth" planet orbiting a nearby star (16 light years) called HD 26965. The planet is only 2 times the size of Earth and the parent sta

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What would the planet Vulcan be like? It might be like the "super-Earth" planet orbiting a nearby star (16 light years) called HD 26965. The planet is only 2 times the size of Earth and the parent star is much like the sun. The planet orbits the star in a mere 42 days - but it is just inside the habitable zone where life might form. The star is a little smaller and cooler and has other attributes similar to the Sun. The object was found with the Dharma Endowment Foundation Telescope (DEFT), a 50-inch telescope located atop Mt. Lemmon in southern Arizona near Tucson. The astronomers think the planet just might be suitable for life and even an advanced civilization. Several publications about Star Trek actually referred to this planetary system as the home of Mr. Spock known by its other name, 40 Eridani.

Join Tony Darnell and Carol Christian during Afternoon Astronomy Coffee on September 13 at 3PM Eastern time as they discuss with the investigators Jian Ge (University of Florida) and team member Matthew Muterspaugh (Tennessee State University) about the Dharma Survey discovery and what interesting characteristics the HD 26965 system as well as the survey itself.

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