I observed Messier 67 star cluster late this winter with my telescope. I really appreciated the reference to a real space object, it makes me remember my time at the telescope and think of star trek ships in a different way than i normally get to; so often they’re going to fictional locations. And I have often wondered how the existence of Open Star Clusters (and especially Globular Star Clusters) changes interstellar politics. I mean you might think that smatterings of stars separated by less than a light year would have some interesting implications for a young interstellar civilization which originates in or near one. And yet despite all the astronomical phenomena in star trek, real or imagined, we see virtually no reference to star clusters.
Date: “2021 February… 2nd? after 11:40 ish? (phone is dead.)”
-10″ diameter aperture Dobsonian Reflector telescope, 48x magnification
A nice, compact, bright cluster with a highly irregular shape. Halfway between Procyon & Regulus*. Visible in 8×50 finderscope** as an irregular grainy blob.
*between those two stars as seen from Earth. In reality the cluster is significantly farther away from any of these.
**visible in binoculars, too.
Thanks for noticing! Ryan picked the M67 designation. I’ve always tried to used real stars, the correct types, and distances. Vu mentioned a system called “Haedus” which is a real b-type star. In “Mudd Slide”, Beta Phoenicis is a sun like star that was a major part of Mudd Slide that really is 200 light years away.
Apparently mental health invisibility is still a problem in the future.
I’ve always felt that Starfleet didn’t really deal well with trauma. Oh, you just got violated and turned into a cybernetic killing machine responsible for thousands of fellow officer deaths… whelp, here’s your ship back! Oh, you just died and came back to life… no problem, just go back to your post like nothing happened.
So that influenced how I approached Vu’s experience.
P.T.S.D. bull$!%t huh Cap?
This can only end well… /s
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