star system


Definition of star system

: the practice of casting famous performers in principal roles (as in motion pictures or the theater) especially in order to capitalize on their popular appeal

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In real life, 40 Eridani is a triple star system located about 17 light-years from the Earth. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"," 19 Sep. 2018 Understanding them better helps us better understand how star systems form. Brian Resnick, Vox, "A comet is coming unusually close to Earth this weekend. Here’s how to watch.," 15 Dec. 2018 As one Twitter user pointed out, calling the BFS a starship is technically inaccurate unless the craft is sent on a mission to another star system. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Elon Musk renames Big Falcon Rocket to ‘Starship’," 20 Nov. 2018 In the new study, researchers used the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Australia Telescope Compact Array to search for AME light in 14 newborn star systems across the Milky Way. Mike Wall,, "Puzzling Cosmic Glow Is Caused by Diamond Dust Glamming Up Stars," 11 June 2018 Further observations with the ALMA telescope and computer simulations of IRS 43's formation could unlock the remaining mysteries of this extraordinary, planet-forming star system dancing around itself in another part of the Milky Way. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "A Triple Solar System, Stacked On Top of Itself, Is Forming in our Galaxy," 11 Oct. 2016 Later, 40 Eridani became the canon Vulcan star system featured in a handful of episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"," 19 Sep. 2018 Its goal is to launch a squadron of the tiny probes in about 20 years to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.3 light-years away. Steve Nadis, Discover Magazine, "The Tiny Satellites That Might Fly to Another Solar System," 18 Oct. 2018 The aliens of the Atlas star system have long since lost the knowledge of how to make the interstellar fuel, leaving them largely trapped near their home planet. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined above

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