Some of the stars are famous to fans of science fiction. For example, 40 Eridani is host to the planet Vulcan in Star Trek. The triple star 70 Ophiuchi is host to the planet of House Harkonnen in "Dune." But many of the depicted stars have planets in fact, not fiction.

“Amazingly, and appropriately for our ASU-NExSS project, although these are the 49 closest stellar systems, at least 8 of them are known to have exoplanets,” Desch said.

The exhibit will be on display through January 2019 in the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV. The building is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. To learn more about stars, our solar system and the universe, visitors may also want to visit the building’s Marston Exploration Theater for a 3D planetary show

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration