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Is Star Trek: Picard’s Hypothesized ‘Octuple Star System’ Really Possible?

“What does this mean for Aia, the Grief World that serves as a warning to future civilizations? It means it’s most likely that the octuple star system is the naturally occurring entity that they found and chose as prime real estate for this beacon, and then they moved a single planet, rather than a series of stars, to this one quasi-stable location.

By equipping the planet with a series of thrusters, just as we equip the spacecraft we put at the Sun-facing (L1) and Sun-opposed (L2) Lagrange points with thrusters, it could maintain its position relative to the other stars over time, even over hundreds of thousands of years. It’s easily possible to have 8, 9, or even greater numbers of stars all bound together in the same system for millions or even billions of years.

But if you want a planet located at the center-of-mass of all of them? That cannot occur naturally. If someone were interested in minimizing the energy required to construct such a system, however, they’d spend their energy moving and refining a single planet, rather than manipulating eight different objects of much greater mass that were as hard-to-handle as stars are. Star Trek: Picard may have gotten the sci-fi aspect of this system right, but those ancient builders of the Aia system made an incredibly wasteful decision if chose to move multiple stars around, rather than a single low-mass planet.”

In Star Trek: Picard, they just raised the possibility that a never-before-seen octuple star system was found, a clear indicator of artificial creation, with one planet in the system serving as a beacon to the galaxy, warning them against creating synthetic life. But is this necessary? Would the Universe just naturally, spontaneously create these octuple systems on its own, without the need for any intelligent intervention?

The smart money says bet on yes, but don’t think that you’ll naturally get a planet stably at the center of it all. Come find out why and get the real-life science behind Star Trek: Picard!