Astronomers at the University of Florida have discovered an exoplanet orbiting 40 Eridani A. If you recognize that star name you are probably a fan of “Star Trek,” and if that’s true, you probably know this star as the host of the character Spock’s home plant, Vulcan.
he name of the exoplanet is HD 26965. Ge, however, is planning on contacting the International Astronomical Union, which set forth the kooky naming rules, to ask that the exoplanet’s name be formally changed to Vulcan.
Was Gene Roddenberry secretly a genius?