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22nd Oct '17 10:01:32 AM Brainbin
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* Barnard's Star tends to appear nor Sol in ''VideoGame/Stellaris''. Occasionally habitable planets will be orbiting it.

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* Barnard's Star tends to appear nor Sol in ''VideoGame/Stellaris''.''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}''. Occasionally habitable planets will be orbiting it.
22nd Oct '17 10:00:59 AM Brainbin
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* Barnard's Star tends to appear nor Sol in ''VideoGame/Stellaris''. Occasionally habitable planets will be orbiting it.




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* Sirius tends to appear near Sol in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}''. The game does not simulate binary star systems, so technically only Sirius A appears. Habitable planets orbit the star with surprising regularity, despite the unlikeliness of such an occurrence in RealLife.




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* Procyon tends to appear near Sol in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}''. The game does not simulate binary star systems, so technically only Procyon A appears. Habitable planets orbit the star occasionally, although less often than they do Alpha Centauri or Sirius.
18th Oct '17 7:09:39 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace A Gift from Earth]]'', a gas envelope around this pair of stars was used by unmanned {{Ramscoop}}s to brake and/or collect fuel en route between Sol and Tau Ceti.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''[[Literature/KnownSpace A Gift from Earth]]'', ''Literature/AGiftFromEarth'', a gas envelope around this pair of stars was used by unmanned {{Ramscoop}}s to brake and/or collect fuel en route between Sol and Tau Ceti.
2nd Oct '17 5:48:52 PM Brainbin
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* Alpha Centauri tends to appear near Sol in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}''. The game does not simulate binary star systems, so technically only Alpha Centauri A appears. In an obvious ShoutOut to, well, just about everything listed above, the system will usually contain an Earth-like habitable planet.




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* The Lalandian system was the setting of the science fiction campaign of ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization II: Test of Time]]'', taking advantage of a then-recent discovery of two exoplanets[[note]]gas giants, whose existence has since been debunked[[/note]], at the time the closest ones to Earth, in orbit around the star. One of those two exoplanets, the gas giant Nona, features in the game, alongside a rocky inner planet called Naumachia, and the starting planet, an Earth-like planet called Funestis. According to the [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], the Humans had been sending a second wave of colony ships to Alpha Centauri following the successful first wave, taking a slightly different route due to stellar drift, and encountering some anomaly which left them stranded on Funestis[[note]]In Real Life, Alpha Centauri and Lalande 21185 are almost in opposite directions from each other relative to the Sun, making it quite the detour[[/note]]. At the ''exact same time'', an unnamed alien race ''also'' sending a colony ship wound up stranded in the Lalande system as well, in what the manual aptly dubs "a coincidence so unlikely that it's highly suspicious".
28th Jul '17 4:49:39 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Setting of, naturally, ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri.'' In the universe of the game, two planets are known to orbit Alpha Centauri A: a Mercury-like inner planet named Eurytion, and the outer, Earth-like planet Chiron (known in game simply as "Planet"). Chiron is fittingly named for the greatest of the mythical Centaurs and one of the only two good ones (and is thus a likely name for any ''actual'' Earth-like planet in the system), and has two moons (Nessus and Pholus), also named after Centaurs (Pholus being the other good and wise Centaur, Nessus being the most prominent nasty one). Alpha Centauri B, which does not, in the game, appear to have any planets of its own,[[note]]Recall that ''SMAC'' came out in early ''1999'', when only ''six'' exoplanets were known to exist in the entire Universe--and one of which was seriously questioned--and that Alpha Centauri [=Bb=] was only discovered in 2012[[/note]] is known by the locals as "Hercules" (who killed many Centaurs) as it greatly affects Chiron's native life when it enters perihelion.

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* Setting of, naturally, ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri.''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri.'' In the universe of the game, two planets are known to orbit Alpha Centauri A: a Mercury-like inner planet named Eurytion, and the outer, Earth-like planet Chiron (known in game simply as "Planet"). Chiron is fittingly named for the greatest of the mythical Centaurs and one of the only two good ones (and is thus a likely name for any ''actual'' Earth-like planet in the system), and has two moons (Nessus and Pholus), also named after Centaurs (Pholus being the other good and wise Centaur, Nessus being the most prominent nasty one). Alpha Centauri B, which does not, in the game, appear to have any planets of its own,[[note]]Recall that ''SMAC'' came out in early ''1999'', when only ''six'' exoplanets were known to exist in the entire Universe--and one of which was seriously questioned--and that Alpha Centauri [=Bb=] was only discovered in 2012[[/note]] is known by the locals as "Hercules" (who killed many Centaurs) as it greatly affects Chiron's native life when it enters perihelion.
14th Jun '17 9:58:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/{{V}}'' has the visitors come from Sirius.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'' ''{{Series/V 1983}}'' has the visitors come from Sirius.
31st May '17 7:35:49 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Time for the Stars'', the slower-than-light starship ''Lewis and Clark'' visits the Tau Ceti star system and discovers an Earthlike planet there.

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* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Time for the Stars'', ''Literature/TimeForTheStars'', the slower-than-light starship ''Lewis and Clark'' visits the Tau Ceti star system and discovers an Earthlike planet there.
21st May '17 6:16:08 PM nombretomado
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* The homeworld of the Lizards in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' saga orbits Tau Ceti.

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* The homeworld of the Lizards in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' saga orbits Tau Ceti.
15th May '17 7:40:21 PM DivineFlame100
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This star is notable because of the discovery of seven exoplanets around it in Febuary 2017, which are all earth-like in size and properties and contains one of the best chances of searching for extraterrestrial life. Three of the seven planets lie within range of the star's habitable zone, making habitability and colonization very likely. It should also be noted that all of the seven planets orbit the star closer than Mercury does too our Sun, and the planets orbit so close to each other that their surfaces would be clearly visible in the sky on one of the planets instead of just a small dot of reflected light, similar to our Moon in the sky. If placed in our own Solar System, the '''entire''' TRAPPIST-1 system would occupy the space between the Sun and Mercury, and still have room to spare for more planets.

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This star is notable because of the discovery of seven exoplanets around it in Febuary 2017, 2017[[note]]three of which where actually discovered two years prior[[/note]], which are all earth-like in size and properties and contains one of the best chances of searching for extraterrestrial life. Three of the seven planets lie within range of the star's habitable zone, making habitability and colonization very likely. It should also be noted that all of the seven planets orbit the star closer than Mercury does too our Sun, and the planets orbit so close to each other that their surfaces would be clearly visible in the sky on one of the planets instead of just a small dot of reflected light, similar to our Moon in the sky. If placed in our own Solar System, the '''entire''' TRAPPIST-1 system would occupy the space between the Sun and Mercury, and still have room to spare for more planets.
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Unfortunately, the hype from Febuary 2017 seems to have died down as the reality and science starts to set in. Like with all red dwarf stars, TRAPPIST-1 is a flare star, and with it, brings many of the usual complications: tidally-locked planets being bombarded with flare radiation, likely stripping them of their atmospheres and water and thus, making the chances of life unlikely. However, it is still a likely place for possible colonization in the future.
23rd Apr '17 10:13:23 AM nombretomado
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* Wolf 359 is also the destination of the first Node jumps conducted by humans in ''SwordOfTheStars'', seeing as that's the nearest star to have a node connection to Sol.

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* Wolf 359 is also the destination of the first Node jumps conducted by humans in ''SwordOfTheStars'', ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', seeing as that's the nearest star to have a node connection to Sol.
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