My guess is that Roy Batty’s memories are real and he was relating his account of a hostile encounter near Betelgeuse space. As far as I recall, this ‘world’ is set in a future where we have established interstellar colonies.
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(Note: all references below are from The Astronomical Journal, 135:1430–1440, 2008 April – A NEW VLA–HIPPARCOS DISTANCE TO BETELGEUSE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
Graham M. Harper, Alexander Brown, and Edward F. Guinan)
I wondered what the distance to Beleguese is (to give me some sense of the expanse of the Blade Runner universe’s influence) and I got this rather interesting quote: “The distance to the M supergiant Betelgeuse is poorly known, with the Hipparcos parallax having a significant
After further reading, I discovered that the distance to this star apparently appears to be difficult to pin down with an estimated distance of 197 ± 45 pc (643 ± 146 ly).
It seems that this star has a large relative velocity as measured by the average of its general region.
“We find that the most likely star-formation scenario for Betelgeuse is that it is a runaway star
from the Ori OB1 association and was originally a member of a high-mass multiple system within Ori OB1a.”
This surprised me.
Is this interesting to anyone else?
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