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Entry: The Closest Stars - Facts, Fiction and Fantasy - A87766384
Author: Galaxy Babe - U128652
I stopped at #21 because that's half of 42.
What about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy local planning office at Alpha Centauri (All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of your Earth years, so youíve had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and itís far too late to start making a fuss about it now. What do you mean youíve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heavenís sake, mankind, itís only four light years away, you know. Iím sorry, but if you canít be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, thatís your own lookout)
and the hyperspace junction 'roundabout' at Barnard's Star?
And the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation!
I'd hardly call our Sun 'unremarkable', but hey.
Matt: I was paraphrasing Carl Sagan, and I think 'unremarkable' sounds better than 'common' which is how other astrophysicists describe it.
BB: Shagbark has a Hitchhiker's section in his own article A41427281 on Barnard's Star.
I didn't want to quote the most famous books, which everyone knows, I have tried to concentrate on the more obscure in the hopes of inspiring a revival (although possibly not of Voltaire)
I've a feeling Epsilon Eridani is famous for something...
You mean other than the regiment of Napoleonic soldiers who are abducted by aliens and transported to the Epsilon Eridani system to fight their battles for them?
The planet Reach from the Halo series of XBOX games is in the Epsilon Eridani system. Considering that _Halo Reach_ was one of the most successful computer games of all time, that must surely make it worth a mention?
Unfortunately that's not what I was thinking of when I said that Epsilon Eridani was famous for something. My vague memory of it long predates the Halo Games. I'm sure it will come to me.
It might possibly be that for a long time it was thought that the planet Vulcan was in the Epsilon Eridani system.
You wouldn't like to extend your list as far as Tau Ceti, would you?
That seems to have lots of different references in fiction.
OK, I've done a little research.
I was definitely think of Epsilon Eridani as the parent star of Vulcan. Apparently this was published at one stage, but later Roddenberry decided that since Epsilon Eridani was only a billion years old, it hadn't been there long enough for life to have evolved to an advanced state, so he decided Vulcan must orbit around a different star in Eridanus.
It is certainly worth mentioning that Epsilon Eridani was the parent star of the planet Reach, in the extremely successful Xbox game _Halo: Reach_.
Tau Ceti, less than 12 light years away, has so many Science Fiction references that if you do decide to include it, you'll have to give only a selection, as otherwise the entry will become very dull.
I must be one of the few humans left on the planet who has never played Xbox/PS games etc. I have extended the list to 12 light years to include Tau Ceti and included Halo in the Groombridge 34 section. It was only ever my intention to mention one reference per star, but I have mentioned Halo Reach for you.
Re: Epsilon Eridani, possibly you are remembering the pre-SETI project by Frank Drake, which was about Epsilon Eridani and Tau Ceti. I have put that info in under Tau Ceti.
Re: Vulcan, <<The orange dwarf star Keid (40 Eridani) is worthy of mention because it is one of the rare stars to have a common name but no Greek letter designation. Gene Roddenberry chose this stellar area to be the origin of one of the most famous sci-fi characters, Mr Spock>> (from the EGE Constellations: Eridanus).
Thanks for the review and comments
That last table was too big so I've split it, I've also rewritten the intro for Matt.
Ths is an interesting, if quite dense article. I like the way you introduce stories about the scientists who have studied these stars.
What I've heard of Barnard's star is that it moves relative to other stars and might have been 'pinched' from another galaxy. (My husband has taken pictures of Barnard's star at intervals of about a year, which show its motion.)
Have you explained, anywhere what you mean by a 'flare' star?
Thanks MVP (I think; not sure quite what you mean by "dense").
That's interesting about Barnard's Star
Good point I have added an explanation about flare stars at their first mention
and thanks again for reading and your review
Thanks for the explanation of 'flare star'
I should have said it was an interesting article, which repays a second reading.
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Well done, GB. <chocolate> or according to choice.
I forgot the , or perhaps I'd eaten it!