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A bridge display clearly states "Mira Antlia V", so it is possible that this is NOT the known Mira (Omicron Ceti).
- Where does the "Antliae" come from? --BlueMars 19:49, Aug 25, 2004 (CEST)
- Watch Data's display at the beginning of the episode. It states "Mira Antlia V = Dytallix B". -- Cid Highwind 19:58, 25 Aug 2004 (CEST)
- Also, I used Antliae because it's the proper genitive form of the constellation Antlia. -- Cid Highwind 20:01, 25 Aug 2004 (CEST)
Mira (Omicron Ceti)
I looked up Mira on some astronomy websites I know; it's a very well-known variable star, about 100 LY away. It's one of the most extreme variables known -- it can increase its brightness by 10^8 times over a period of about 6 months, before dimming again. So, depending on how far you think warp drive can travel, considering that the Enterprise visited Earth very shortly after going to Dytallix B, the system in question either could be, or could not be Mira. -- MinutiaeMan 07:07, 22 Dec 2003 (PST)
Distance to Omicron Ceti VS. Star Description
The HIPPARCOS-catalogue (one of the most accurate astronomical surveys) even states a distance of about 420 ly. This, combined with the fact that the Enterprise was in fact back at earth less than a week later, would be another point for the other Mira. On the other hand, the star was described as "the red giant known as Mira", which means that it might have been at least someones intention to use the real Mira here. -- Cid Highwind
- Obviously my source was rather inaccurate concerning the distance! ;-) -- MinutiaeMan 07:35, 22 Dec 2003 (PST)