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Millennium Data Panel

WorldTau Bootis b
Stellar TypeF7V
Distance from Sol58 ly
Mass4.13 x Jupiter
Semimjor axis0.046 AU
Orbital Period:3.3128 Days
Planet Appearance:Silicate clouds over dark sodium haze
Mean Temp:1500 K

Type world of the EpiStellar Jovian Class, with unusual spiral rings caused by instabilities in the disk. This world was named early in the Information Age, as it was discovered near the time of the second millennium c.e..

Home to the Millenium Zetetic Institute. This institute, founded in 2331 AT, is dedicated to the study of esoteric, unusual and inexplicable phenomena. From ghosts to doppelgangers, zombies to yufoes, clairvoyance to divination, magic to psionics, the Zetetic Institute records it all.

Also studied are the innumerable cases of deception, hoaxing and fraud that occur in the field of the paranormal. As a sociological discipline this is possibly the most significant of the Institute's various specialisations.

In recent centuries the Institute has widened its field of interest to cover coincidences and synchronicity; in a civilisation that includes 300 quintillion sophont beings, even extravagantly unlikely coincidences are relatively numerous. Repeat lottery winners and tales of unlikely survival are two of the many statistical outliers that happen every day in the Terragen Sphere.

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Development Notes
Text by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 18 October 2008.