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Babylon 5: Epsilon Eridani
An astronomical look at on the location of spacecenter Babylon 5
Update: This article on Epsilon Eridani and other stars orbited by planets is quoted from CNN-news, August 7 2000 (http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/space/08/07/space.planets/index.html)
Scientists reveal nine new planets
MANCHESTER, England -- Astronomers have revealed details of nine previously unknown planets orbiting stars relatively close to Earth. [...]
None of the planets have ever been seen by humans, but scientists know they exist because of the gravitational pull they exert on the stars they orbit and the subsequent detectable effect they have on the light the stars emit. [...] In separate discoveries, a team of scientists based at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S. said they had found three new planets, all gas giants similar to Jupiter.
They have also discovered a planet orbiting the star Epsilon Eridani which could provide answers to questions about the existence of life on other planets.
Dr. William Cochran of the University of Texas' McDonald Observatory said: "Detecting a planet orbiting Epsilon Eridani -- a star very near to our own sun -- is like finding a planet in our own backyard." Geoff Marcy, a University of California professor, said that while most of the planets in our solar system move in nearly circular orbits, the new planet at Epsilon Eridani has an oblong orbit, as do most of the other newly discovered planets.
Earth's circular orbit provides a relatively stable environment that balances out the extremes of cooling and heating experienced on the surfaces of planets with oblong orbits. Marcy said: "It may be that life here is possible because of the circular orbit. It's a very exciting discovery because ... the star itself is the closest star for which a planet has ever been discovered," he added. "It's only 10 light years away. In the next 100 or 200 years, it will be one of the first stars humans visit." he said. [...]
My say: (from 1998)
Why did JMS choose Epsilon Eridani of all stars? (my humble guess)
What is known about this star?
Try soothing your withdrawal symptoms during the B5-hiatus by at least...
...watching Epsilon Eridani in the sky:
I tried to map the constellations to give you a picture:
o o o B5! * V o * o * * o * * * o * * * * o * * o * * * * * * * *
(the rest of the constellation usually is below the horizon of the northern hemisphere)
Um, hey... If you managed to find the place using THIS map, then please tell me -- You must be an astronomical genius! ;-)