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There’s a planet exactly where Star Trek said Vulcan should be

Countdown: 45 years left until ‘First Contact’

An artist's impression of a planet orbiting HD 26965.

Astrophysicists just found a planet orbiting the star HD 26965, 16 light years away from Earth. Finding exoplanets is always fun, and the fact that this one is in the star’s habitable zone (where liquid water could exist on its surface) is a bonus. But that’s not why people are particularly psyched about the announcement.

See, HD 26965 also goes by 40 Eridani A—the star orbited. That means Ok, fine, they found a real-world analog to a completely fictional world, but you can't blame fans for being excited.

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