Science: Message from a Star...

Our home is Epsilon Boötis, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven—check that, the sixth of seven—counting outwards from the sun, which is the larger of the two stars. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planet each have one. Our probe is in the orbit of your moon.

The words sound as if they come from a Star Trek script. In fact, says a serious young Scottish science writer and part-time astronomer named Duncan A. Lunan, they may well be...

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