What would happen if the crew of the Starship Enterprise handed over the controls to our scientists and engineers? It turns out many are avid Star Trek fans with lengthy itineraries in mind.
What is perhaps the most famous Star Trek planet was placed by creator Gene Roddenberry in a real star system: 40 Eridani. This trinary system of three dwarf stars, about 16 light-years from Earth, could play host to exoplanets; none have been detected there so far. The most massive is 40 Eridani A, chosen as Vulcan’s sun.
An icy “M-class” (Star Trek’s term for “Earth-like”) moon of a much larger planet—a gas giant—that is home to soft-spoken humanoids with blue skin, white hair and stylish antennae. In our solar system, gas giants play host to icy moons, such as Jupiter’s Europa or Saturn’s Enceladus, that possess subsurface oceans locked inside shells of ice. Our missions are searching for lifeforms that might exist in these cold, dark habitats.
Another Trek M-class planet known for its engineered tropical climate and its welcoming humanoid population. The planet is said to orbit a binary, or double, star system—in Star Trek fan lore, Epsilon Ceti, a real star system some 79 light-years from Earth. The first discovery of a planet around a binary was Kepler-16b, which is cold, gaseous and Saturn-sized.
4. “Shore Leave” planet, Omicron Delta region
This is another amusement park of a planet, where outlandish characters are manufactured in underground factories straight from the crew members’ imaginations. In real life, astronauts aboard the International Space Station print out plastic tools and containers with their own 3-D printer.
“Star Trek: Into Darkness” finds Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy fleeing from chalk-skinned aliens through a red jungle. Red or even black vegetation could exist on real planets that orbit cooler, redder stars, an adaptation meant to gather as much light for photosynthesis as possible. An example may be Kepler-186f, a planet only 10 percent larger than Earth in diameter. At high noon, the surface of this planet would look something like dusk on Earth.
6. Wolf 359
A star best known in the Star Trek universe as the site of a fierce battle in which a multitude of “Star Trek: Next Generation” ships are defeated by the Borg. But Wolf 359 is a real star, one of the closest to Earth at a distance of 7.8 light-years. Wolf 359 is also a likely observational target for the Kepler space telescope in the upcoming Campaign 14 of its “K2” mission.
7. Eminiar VII/Vendikar
These two planets are neighbors, sharing a star system. So, of course, they’ve been at war for centuries. While we have no signs of interplanetary war, multiple rocky worlds have been discovered orbiting single stars. A cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 is orbited by three Earth-size planets; two have a chance of being the right temperature for liquid water, with possible Earth-like atmospheres.
The planets Romulus and Remus are home to the Romulan Empire (ancient Rome, anyone?), although Remus seemed to have gotten the raw end of the deal. Remus is tidally locked, one face always turned to its star. Tidally locked worlds might well be a real thing, with many possible candidates discovered with our Kepler space telescope. The habitable portion of the surface of such planets might be confined to a band between the day and night sides called the “terminator zone”—a.k.a. the twilight zone.
9. Janus VI
A rocky world lacking an atmosphere, perhaps similar to Mars. While humans must maintain an artificial underground environment to survive, the innards of the planet are a comfortable home to an alien species known as the “Horta.” Their rock-like biochemistry is based on silicon, rather than carbon, inspiring us to imagine the many forms life might take in the universe.
In the Star Trek universe, Earth is home to Starfleet Headquarters; the real Earth is, at least so far, the only life-bearing world we know. No true Earth analogs have been discovered among the real exoplanets detected so far. But a new generation of space telescopes, designed to capture direct images of exoplanets in Earth’s size range, might one day reveal an alternative “pale blue dot.”
Learn more about exoplanets at: exoplanets.nasa.gov
rate the ipre crew, monster factory style. no rules no consistent scale play it fast and loose go go go!
I TOTALLY FORGET HOW MONSTER FACTORY CHARACTERS ARE RATED so I’m doing it by feel and fresh aesthetic
Taako: a beautiful trash boy whomst I love 8/10
Magnus: VERY GOOD 9.5/10
Merle: a good dad a shitty husband a good man 8.3/10
Lup: I love her 69/10
Lucretia: IM LOVE HER 420/10
Davenport: got the short straw but a very cool pilot dude 7.8/10
Barry: jeans and also I’m love him pants/10
What are some of your favourite clothing brands for a student budget? You’re always so stylish
ty!! 💞💞i stay on a student budget by shopping mostly at thrift stores. there i buy a lot of banana republic, j crew, calvin klein, ralph lauren lol. i try to keep buying new to a minimum, but i love american apparel, j crew factory, and everlane!
Deep Search: Wes Anderson Inspired Looks On A Budget
Next up in my series of pulling shit from closet that kinda sorta looks like it was from a movie is the Wes Anderson catalog. I’ll be pulling from a few different films but today I did a few of my favorites (and the easiest ones for me.)
The Life Aquatic
Sweater - J. Crew Factory Lambswool ($40) Shirt - Gap Modern Oxford ($35) Cap - Red Watch Cap ($8 on Amazon) Trousers - Levi’s 511 Commuter Trousers ($45) Shoes - Adidas Samba ($50 plus the cost of modifying) Sunglasses - American Optical Aviators ($50) Watch - Orient Blue Ray on NATO ($150) Book - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea ($8 on Amazon)
Total - $386
This was a very easy one for me. This is one of my all time favorite movies and I’ve gone as Steve Zissou for Halloween more than once. I’m a Scuba Instructor (as is my father) and I’m originally from Louisville, KY so there are a lot of jokes that really hit close to home.
BTW last time I looked that sweater was on closeout for around $20 and they still had quite a few sizes left.
In the film Steve wears a Vostok Amphibian (dubbed the Zissou if you are trying to find one on eBay.) This is probably the best bang for the buck out there as far as automatic dive watches go. This Russian made dive watch can usually be found on eBay for less than $100. I’ve had one on my wish list for ages but I have not had the chance to pick one up yet.
My wife and I as Steve and Eleanor Zissou for Halloween last year.
Jacket - St. Johns Bay ($40) Shirt - Merona Flannel ($25) Sunglasses - J Crew Factory ($12) Gloves - AEO ($13) Boots - St Johns Bay ($50) Watch - St Moritz Momentum Square One ($200) Watch Cap - AEO ($13) Socks - J Crew Factory ($8)
Total - $361
This one is pretty far from the film. A lot of the looks in Wes Anderson films are hard to pull off because the clothes are extremely bold, distinct and in many cases made for the fim. However I try to match something that gets the vibe right. I wish I had a pair of duck boots to go with this. LL Bean’s are of course back ordered for the next century. However, I’ve found a pair of Sorel’s that look pretty tempting.
Bob Balaban can rock grey sweatpants with white socks. I cannot so I replaced them with trousers. I can definitely see myself hiking around a New England Island in this outfit.
Sweater- Banana Republic ($45 on clearance) Shirt - Old Navy LS Waffle Tee ($10) Jeans - J Crew Factory Driggs ($45) Boots - Clarks Desert Mali ($140) Socks - J Crew Factory ($8) Watch - Timex Weekend on Lakehouse Leather Strap ($40) Hat - Target ($10)
Total - $298
Blanket - Pendleton ($100) I listed this separately because it’s not really a part of the outfit.
I noticed this outfit in the film because it’s pretty much what I was wearing when I went to see it for the first time. I threw the in because it’s leather strap is the closest thing I have to the shoulder straps and it works well together.
The blanket I consider frugal in that it will be something that I can pass down to my grandkids someday.