Brightest Stars - Planetary Systems List
On the page dealing with Korendians on the Internet, there is this information:
The published MLP was a fraud designed to bring ridicule to the subject of alien life by populating most of the stars with planetary systems, and most of the systems with life. It also contained gross math errors involving orbits, year lengths, et al.
As a result of a request for a corrected version, I was given updated data on the same 75 stars that were listed in the original MLP. I chose to format the information as tables for each star. The following table is that replacement.
The format is a list of the 75 brightest stars in Earth's skies in the same order as the MLP (by brightness). It includes the MLP's header information for the stars, which was accurate, and planet names from the MLP where they are correct. The star list can be verified by this Web page and this one. The readers can easily find them in the night sky and appreciate that we are indeed not alone.
The list does not include most of the 5100 or so stars of magnitude +6.0 or brighter (number provided by the Planetarium Gold V7 program) that constitute "naked eye" stars to people with excellent vision, or even of the 1570 or so of magnitude +5.0 or brighter that most people with good vision can see on a clear, moonless night. To add them would make the list unwieldy at best.
Another imposed limitation is that the list is confined to planets that have life, either indigenous or colonized. The systems may well have other planets, but they are not included to save space. It does not list the planets of stars when none are inhabited, unless there is some specific reason to do so. It also avoids classifying the planets by membership in The Alliance, the Confederation, etc., unless it is relevant.
An alternative format based on the nearest stars would have been fairly sparse, since about 80% of the nearest stars are red dwarfs, the most common stars in the galaxy. Although several of them have planetary systems, none are inhabited other than by small colonies of scientists involved in research. The fact is that despite what some have claimed (including the MLP), the large majority of stars are not the suns for worlds with life.
On the other hand, with over 100 billion stars in our "Milky Way" galaxy alone, even if 999 of 1000 of them were without planets or with lifeless worlds, it would still represent an enormous number of worlds with life.
By definition, this list is but a minuscule sampling of the number of inhabited worlds in our galaxy. It is not presented as a scientific text, but rather as a glimpse into the reality of life beyond our own system. No attempt was made to correlate it with other available lists, nor will the value of those other lists be considered. The interested readers can research them and decide for themselves whether they represent valid information.
In the following tables, this is the layout:
Notations between the entries always refer to the ones above them. At the bottom of each page are navigation buttons. Left and Right arrows go to the previous and next page. The Up arrow returns to this page. Clicking the logo on this page returns to the main index page.
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