Catching up with my friend Ken this morning (I haven’t seen him since he dropped me off at home eaaaaaaaarly Sunday morning from a Hallowe’en party), he mentioned (among many other things) that scientists had discovered a potential habitable solar system not far away.

Ken couldn’t remember all the details, so he dug up the article he remembered, from the Huffington Post.

As soon as I saw that the system was Epsilon Eridani, I pointed out, ironically, that that’s where the planet Vulcan, from the “Star Trek” universe, is located, home to Mr. Spock and others.

And now, googling around, I realize, I’m not the only one to make that connection:

[Astronomer Massimo] Marengo [of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics] adds, “Of course there is disagreement among Star Trek fans about whether the planet of Mr. Spock could be at Epsilon Eridani, because it is such a young star and Vulcans are supposed to be an advanced civilization.”

Geeks are everywhere.