Thirty years ago, three astronomers and Gene Roddenberry, of Star Trek fame, made the case to Sky & Telescope readers that the orange-hued star 40 Eridani A ought to host Vulcan, Spock’s home. Now, a robotic survey has discovered a planet around that very star.

In their Letter to the Editor, they argued that 40 Eridani A — an orange-ish star 16 light-years away — would make the ideal home for Vulcan, the home planet of Science Officer Mr. Spock.

Now, a new discovery puts a little more science into that science fiction assertion.

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