Groombridge 34 is a binary star system located about 11.7 light years from our own Sun. It consists of two red dwarf stars in a nearly circular orbit with a separation of about 147 astronomical units. Both stars in this pair exhibit variability due to random flares and they have been given variable star designations. (The brighter member Groombridge 34 A is designated GX And, and the other member is designated GQ And).
Groombridge 34 in space opera:
- Space: Above and Beyond, television series. Groombridge 34 is the location of the largest extrasolar USMC fleet base, and is the expected target of the chigs in the pilot episode (though this intelligence is later revealed to be incorrect). It is also the location of the first part of the episode "Mutiny".
- Macross Plus?, OVA anime television series and compilation film. Groombridge 34 is a possible location of the fictitious "Groombridge 1816" (Helios) system, stated to be 11.7 light years13 from the Solar System, about the same distance as Groombridge 34 (11.62 ly). Planet Eden?, located within the Groombridge 1816? system, is the location of the New Edwards Test Flight Center 14 and its major city, Eden City. The name Groombridge 1816 may be an alteration of the name of the real star Groombridge 1618.
- Frontier: Elite II? and Frontier: First Encounters, computer games. This crowded system has three stars, multiple gas giants and numerous planets. It is also heavily developed, with multiple colonies and space stations present within the system.
- The Alliance-Union universe, C. J. Cherryh's series of science fiction novels including Downbelow Station and Finity's End. Groombridge 34 is the location of one of lesser mentioned space stations in the so called 'Hinder Stars', Olympus Station.