Eta Cassiopeia

Eta Cassiopeia

 

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Screen Shot from my super cool iOS app, Sky Guide

Another name for this star, circled right center, is Archid, found in the middle of the constellation Cassiopeia, the Queen. For you ultra nerdy types it is Right Ascention 00 hours, 50 minutes, Declination positive 57 degrees and 54 minutes. Only 19.4 light years away from our own sun, it is also a G-Type star (GV3) but appears slightly younger. Also known by several boring names that reflect its categorization, it can be seen near the PacMan Nebula and Shedar, the brightest, most southern star in the constellation, close to the Queen’s heart.

I chose this particular star for the next adventure in space that Captain Thomas Jackson and his crew will be traveling to. It has been designated as one of the top 100 candidates of nearby stars to harbor earth type planets, although this search was terminated a few years back when budget cuts came up. In the meantime, we science fiction writers will have a field day with it.

Our primary adventure will again focus on biology, but instead of genetics and chiral molecules, we’ll be investigating the domains of archaeal and bacterial life forms, and pharmaceuticals, or more precisely, the abuse thereof.270px-Eta_Cas

The Kiians return, the Pegasi return, and a bombshell awaits Jackson from his past, or perhaps it’s his future, that he must reconcile within himself, changing the fundamental theories of life and physics.

 

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