The Zeta Reticuli Star System is a binary system found in the constellation Reticulum in the night sky of the southern hemisphere. It was involved in multiple popular UFO stories of recent decades like the Betty & Barney Hill abduction and the briefings Bob Lazar has received during his briefing on Area S4 (near Area 51) about the origins of the recovered UFO he was partly working on.
How far is Zeta Reticuli from earth?
Zeta Reticuli is 39.17 light years away from earth. This equals to the following:
2.185 Trillion Miles
351,6 Trillion Kilometers
In the southern hemisphere the pair can be seen in the dark sky as a double star with the naked eye. What makes the pair interesting is that, statistically speaking, they are about as similar to our own sun as you can get, making them so-called "solar analogs," and interesting to astronomers who compare them to the host stars of the solar system.
Where is Zeta Reticuli?
Zeta Reticulis coordinates are RA 3h 17m 46s | Dec -62° 34′ 31″. The distance between Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 is 0.06 light-years, which is about a hundred times the distance between our Sun and the planet Pluto.
Zeta 1 Reticuli is a yellow main sequence star in the class of G3 in size and brightness (for more, see our guide to the stellar spectral classifications and stellar orders of magnitude ). It has a mass equivalent to 96% of that of the Sun and a radius of 92% of that of our own Sun. Zeta 2 is the brightest G2 class yellow dwarf. It is 99% mass and 99% radius of our sun.
In the continental United States Zeta 2 Reticuli never ascends above the southern horizon. Above the 22nd northern latitude it is never visible, and it is a circumpolar south star with a declination of 63 degrees (63 degrees south) in the sky at this latitude. But it stands high in the night sky.
The two stars seem to move through space and rotate around a common center every 100,000 years. Relative to the Sun, Zeta 1 moves Reticuli at 7.9 km / sec parallel to the galactic plane and at 1.5 km / sec perpendicular to the direction of the galactic plane, while Zeta 2 moves Reticulis at about 12.7 km / seventy-six as fast (7.7 km / sec) perpendicular to this direction. The sun moves with 27,3 km / h as fast as the galactic plane.
Observations of Zeta Reticuli
In 1996, astronomers announced the potential presence of the so-called "hot Jupiter" exoplanet, a gas giant similar to Jupiter orbiting its star (Jupiter orbits like our Sun Zeta 2). If such a star is similar to the Sun, an Earth-like planet could orbit it at just the right distance for liquid water to collect on its surface, and if the conditions are right, life as we know it could thrive. Such a planet would be in the Zeta Net.
It was first discovered by observing the star wobbles, which were attributed to the gravitational pull of a planet orbiting the star, but was later withdrawn. In 2007, infrared observations by the Spitzer Space Telescope showed evidence that the dusty disk of cosmic debris surrounding the star was the same type of disk from which a planet could form. Data from the Herschel Space Observatory in 2010 confirmed the presence of the disk and showed that it had an asymmetrical structure.
A paper published in 2018 showed a common self-motion and lobed structure between the disk and the star itself, suggesting that the asymmetry was not caused by a planet in orbit. So far, no exoplanets around Zeta 2 have been confirmed.
Again, if you want to read more about why Zeta Riticuli is so prevalent in the UFO community, read my articles about the Betty & Barney Hill abduction or the Bob Lazar story (soon). What do you think about Zeta Riticuli?
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