34 Tauri

The Verse While the official discovery date for Uranus is March 13, 1781 by William Herschel, the planet was observed in 1690 by John Flamsteed, who thought that he’d discovered a new star in the constellation of Taurus. He named the star “34 Tauri.” Later observers realized that 34 Tauri was actually a planet, and the designation “34 Tauri” was removed from the record of discoveries.

In July of 2020, another new star was discovered in the constellation of Taurus. The astronomer who discovered the star decided to reapply the designation, modified by the addition of the year. The new star became 34 Tauri(2020). The name of the discoverer was lost in the exodus from Earth.

Further study showed that 34 Tauri(2020) was actually a small star cluster of five main sequence stars. The star system is a star cluster, of the likes of the triple star system Alpha Centauri. It consists of five main sequence stars, around which orbit an assortment of protostars, gas giants, asteroid belts, planets, and their moons. Four of the main sequence stars orbit a central star.

Over the next few decades, dozens of terrestrial planets were revealed. A few of those showed the unmistakable signs of oxygen, nitrogen - and water. For the first time, near Earthlike conditions were found to exist elsewhere in the universe. Moons, asteroids, and other smaller bodies were speculated to exist in the star cluster, as well, which by all accounts was sizing up to be its own miniverse. Or the Verse, as it was dubbed in the media when news of the discovery was revealed.

All the worlds that make up the Verse have two names, a Sino (Chinese) name and Anglo (English) name. Sometimes, only one is used officially. This is not the case with the five main sequence stars. The Sino names of the five stars are based on the old-world concept of the Five Chinese Constellations. The Anglo names are given by the actual temperature-spectral color of the sun, with the exception of two which are yellow, named Georgia and Kalidasa.Seven gas giants large enough to be brown dwarfs and seven Jovian-sized gas giants were also discovered in the cluster.

When the decision was made to abandon Earth, 34 Tauri(2020) was chosen to be the exodus fleet's destination. Engine systems capable of long periods of acceleration would propel the evacuation fleet to approximately 1/3 of light speed. Even then, the journey would take roughly 120 years to traverse the 40 light-year gap between Earth and 34 Tauri(2020)

Stars and gas giants in the 34 Tauri system

34 Tauri(2020)A - White Sun - Class A0
P/2020(White Sun)01 - Qin Shi Huang? - brown dwarf
P/2020(White Sun)02 - Lux? - brown dwarf
34Tauri(2020)B - Georgia - Class G0
P/2020(Georgia)01 - Murphy - brown dwarf
P/2020(Georgia)02 - Elphame? - gas giant
P/2020(Georgia)03 - Daedalus? - gas giant
34Tauri(2020)C - Red Sun - Class G5
P/2020(Red Sun)01 - Himinbjørg? - brown dwarf
P/2020(Red Sun)02 - Heinlein? - brown dwarf
34Tauri(2020)D - Kalidasa - Class F5
P/2020(Kalidasa)01 - Penglai? - brown dwarf
P/2020(Kalidasa)02 - Heaven? - gas giant
P/2020(Kalidasa)03 - Zeus? - gas giant
P/2020 (Kalidasa)04 - Djinn’s Bane? - gas giant
34Tauri(2020)E - Blue Sun - Class F0
P/2020(Blue Sun)01 - Burnham - brown dwarf
P/2020(Blue Sun)02 - Fury? - gas giant
P/2020(Blue Sun)03 - Dragon's Egg? - gas giant

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