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It is, of course, impossible, to list all astronomical references in modern literature, music and cinema on one page.

This very short and very bias selection was dictated by the author's personal taste.

For the perhaps most comprehensive list on the subject, check out Wikipedia's Stars and planetary systems in fiction.


The Age of Aquarius was part of a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension. The song spent six weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in the spring of 1969.

The lyrics of the song were based on the astrological belief that the world would soon be entering the "Age of Aquarius", an age of love, light, and humanity.

Sources: Wikipedia, Youtube

Canis Major

In The Caves of Androzani, the sixth serial of the 21st season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, the colonized (fictional) planets Androzani Major and Androzani Minor are part of the Sirius system.

Source: Wikipedia

For a comprehensive list of Books and Films about Sirius, see
Wikipedia's Sirius in fiction

The Caves of Androzani

Canis Minor

In the Star Trek Universe, Andoria, a moon orbiting the eights planet of Procyon is the home world of the Andorians, one of the four founding members of the United Federation of Planets.

Another (fictional) planet of the Procyon system is the scene of the Battle of Procyon V in the episode Azati Prime of the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise.

Source: Wikipedia

Andoria and Procyon VIII


In the 2009 science fiction film Avatar, director James Cameron conceived a fictional universe in orbit of Alpha Centauri A.

Location of the fictional story is the moon Pandora, one of many moons of the gas giant Polyphemus, which orbits Alpha Centauri A.

Source :Wikipedia

For a comprehensive list of Science Fiction focusing on Alpha Centauri, see Wikipedia's Alpha Centauri in fiction.

Artist's concept of fictional moon Pandora and planet Polyphemus
Source: Wikipedia
In the television series Babylon 5, Proxima III is an Earth Alliance colony that seceded from the Alliance when Earth became a dictatorship in 2260.

Source :Wikipedia
The Battle of Proxima III
The Photon Ship (Фотонният звездолет) was a science fiction novel, written in 1964 by Bulgarian writer Dimitier Peew.

The novel told the fictional story of humanity's first expedition to Proxima Centauri.

It was the first science fiction novel, the author red (at age 12). It laid the foundation for over half a century of fascination with the stars, whithout which this site would have never happened.
The Photon Ship

Coalsack Nebula

The Coalsack Nebula is mentioned in two episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series:

- The Immunity Syndrome
- Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.

In the star chart of the Star Trek Role Playing Game
The Way of D'era: The Romulan Star Empire, the Nebula is shown within the United Federation of Planets at the border to the Romulan Star Empire



Southern Cross is a song written in 1981 by Stephen Stills, Rick Curtis, and Michael Curtis and performed by the rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash.

The single was a success on the charts, reaching #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in late November and early December 1982.

Sources: Wikipedia, Youtube


In some maps of the Star Trek universe, the planet Vulcan is shown to orbit 40 Eridani.

In 2018, a Super Earth Exoplanet was discovered in the habitable zone of 40 Eridani.

Source: Wikipedia and

Artist's concept of the Star Trek universe planet Vulcan
Part of The Art of the Impossible, a 2003 novel of Star Trek: The Lost Era takes place in the Cursa System, the (fictive) planetary system of Cursa (β Eridani).

The system is controlled by the Klingon Empire, and is attacked by the Cardassian Union in the year 2333.

Source: Wikipedia
Cursa System
Star Trek Gamepedia
The location of The Vengeance Factor, a 1989 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is Acamar III, the (fictive) third planet of Acamar (θ Eridani), where the crew learns of a group of Acamarian nomadic pirates known as the Gatherers.

Source: Wikipedia
Acamar III
In the Dune universe by Frank Herbert, "Eridani A" is orbited by the planet Richese (the fourth planet in orbit). Richese and Ix are "supreme in machine culture"; their devices are commonplace and considered essential throughout the Dune universe.

Source: Wikipedia
Dune: House Atreides


In Who Mourns for Adonais?, an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the crew visits the (fictional) planet Pollux IV.

Sources :Wikipedia,

Pollux IV


In The Deadly Years, an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the crew visits the (fictional) planet Gamma Hydra IV.

The planet is stated to be six light-years away from a binary star system where the first battle of the Federation–Klingon War of 2256–2257 is fought.

Sources :Wikipedia,

Gamma Hydra IV


Wolf 359 (CN_Leonis) is a red dwarf of apparent magnitude 13.5 and thus can only be seen with a large telescope. However, at approximately 7.8 light-years away it is the seventh-closest stellar system to the Sun. Thus, even though it is suspected to be a flare star, it has attracted the attention of science fiction authors, filmmakers, and game developers. For a comprehensive list, see Wikipedia's Wolf 359 in Fiction.

In the Star Trek Universe, Wolf 359 is mentioned several times in connections with Humanity's battles with the Borg. In The Best of Both Worlds, a two part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the star is the location of the Battle of Wolf 359, a dicisive battle between Earth and the Borg.

Source: Wikipeda and

Battle of Wolf 359


In the television series Babylon 5 the Vega Colony is an outpost world of the Earth Alliance in the Vega star system.

In the movie Contact, written by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, and directed by Robert Zemeckis, SETI researchers, using the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, detect a message from an extraterrestrial intelligence, sent from a transmitter array orbiting Vega.

Source: Wikipedia

For a comprehensive list of Science Fiction focusing on Alpha Centauri, see Wikipedia's Vega in fiction.

Very Large Array
Source: Wikipedia


As one of the brightest and best-known stars, Betelgeuse (α Ori) has been featured in many works of fiction. The star's unusual name inspired the title of the 1988 film Beetlejuice, and script writer Michael McDowell was impressed by how many people made the connection.

For much more on Betelgeuse in the modern world, see Wikipedia's Betelgeuse in fiction and Betelgeuse in popular culture.

In the popular science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, one of the main characters, Ford Prefect was from "a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse."

Source: Wikipedia
Ford Prefect; Screenplay
In the Star Trek Universe, Rigel (β Ori) is orbited by at least ten planets, six of which are inhabited.

For details, see and Wikipedia's Rigel in Fiction, which offers a comprehensive list of movies and novels around Rigel.
Rigel VII;
In Wolf in the Fold, an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, the crew visits the (fictional) planet Argelius II, a planet orbiting Iota Orionis.

Source: Wikipedia,
Argelius II;
In Who Watches the Watchers, an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mintaka III a planet orbiting Mintaka (δ Ori) is inhabited by the Mintakans, a preindustrial Vulcan-like race that is under observation by the Federation.

Sources: Wikipedia,
Mintaka III;


As one of the brightest and best-known stars, Aldebaran (α Tau) has been featured in many works of fiction. For an extensive list, see Wikipedia's Aldebaran in fiction.

The 1967 song 2000_Light Years from Home by The Rolling Stones ends with:

Bell flight fourteen you now can land
Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand
It's so very lonely, you're two thousand light years from home.

Writer Mick Jagger exercised some creative freedom in the lyrics, as the star Aldebaran is actually "only" 65 light-years from the Sun.


Single cover Wikipedia

Aldebaran Whiskey is an alcoholic beverage that appeared in several episodes of the Star Trek Universe, notably in the Star Trek: The Next Generation's episode Relics.

Aldebaran Whiskey Data to Scotty: "It is green"
In The Galileo Seven, an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock makes an emergency landing on the Taurus II, a rocky, fog-shrouded world that is the second planet of β Tauri.

Sources :Wikipedia,

An AMT Model Kit features Spock engaging an Aldebaran serpent, a three-headed serpent mentioned in the Star Trek Encyclopedia.


Aldebaran serpent

Taurus II

Ursula K. Le Guin's 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven describes a fictional alien invasion of Earth's lunar colony Moondome by "natives of a methane atmosphere planet of the star Aldebaran..."

Source: Wikipedia

Ursa Major

In Strange New World, an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the crew visits the (fictional) planet Archer IV.

The planet is described as one of the planets in orbit of 61 Ursae Majoris.
It was named after the Enterprise's captain Jonathan Archer.

Sources :Wikipedia,

Archer IV

Ursa Minor

In the best selling comedy science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Light City, the only city on the planet Ursa Minor Beta is where the headquarters of the editorial offices of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are situated.


When you are tired of Ursa Minor Beta you are tired of life
Source: Shirt Woot

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