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Zeta 2 Reticuli is not necessarily the star system in which the Nostromo found the derelict spacecraft...

FenGiddel

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Posted Dec-22-2016 8:30 AM

Zeta 2 Reticuli is not necessarily the star system in which the Nostromo found the derelict spacecraft.

Despite the published evidence otherwise, it does not seem certain that the planetoid, on which the Nostromo set down, is in the Zeta II Reticuli system.

In the 1979 sf-horror film, Alien, the Nostromo is diverted to investigate a transmission on its way back to Earth. When the crew scan the area, the navigator (Lambert) states the following (cited by source):

ON-SCREEN:
LAMBERT. I found it. Just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer rim yet. [Alien. Dir. Ridley Scott. Perf. Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt. 20th Century Fox, 1979.]

IN THE SCREENPLAY:
LAMBERT Found it. Just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer rim yet. [Hill, Walter and David Giler. Alien. Revised Final Script. Oct. 4, 1978.]

IN THE NOVELIZATION:
Several minutes of intense searching and computer-cooperation produced a tight grin of satisfaction on her face. “Found it . . . and us. We’re just short of Zeta II Reticuli. We haven’t even reached the outer populated ring yet. Too deep to grab onto a navigation beacon, let alone a Sol traffic relay.” [Foster, Alan Dean, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, and H. Roberts. Alien. New York: Warner , 1979. Print. p. 23]

Based on this evidence, it seems that the Nostromo exited hyperspace "just short of Zeta II Reticuli", but then proceeded to the source of the transmission elsewhere, apparently in a nearby star system, probably minor.

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Chris

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Posted Dec-22-2016 9:21 AM

I hadn't noticed this before... Nice observation!

Facehuggers!

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Posted Dec-22-2016 12:24 PM

This....changes.....EVERYTHING!!!

Good catch!

oduodu

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Posted Dec-22-2016 12:40 PM

Zeta 2 reticuli is star 
So it may be that 
Lambert was talking
About the exact location 
Of the star not he entire 
System of planets
Circulating it.
Just a guess.
I am not knowledgeable 
On star systems etc.

The gas giant Calpomos
Is apparently in the 
Z2R system. This is 
This is the planet round 
Which LV 426 and lv
223 circulates.

Lone

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Posted Dec-22-2016 2:17 PM

I've heard Lambert say that thousands of times, but never really thought about the significance of the Nostromo's location. Good call!!

Let's get BigDave on this guys!

THE LONE GUNWOMAN

"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger

S.M

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Posted Dec-22-2016 3:34 PM

It just means they came out of hyperspace short of Z2R.  The next nearest system is Z1R and then there's nothing else for at least a parsec, which would take decades to travel to at sublight speeds.

If they're "just short of Zeta 2 Reticuli" the star we see in the film is obviously Zeta 2 Reticuli.

BigDave

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Posted Dec-22-2016 8:10 PM

again SM knows his shizzle....

Yep in reality seems they came out of FTL past Zeta 1 and next system would have been Zeta 2...

Happy New Year Folks!!!!!

BigDave

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Posted Dec-22-2016 8:14 PM

Also both Zeta 1 and 2 would be within 50 LY distances (39LY) and i would assume would be within any so could Outer Rim... well prior to such a thing.

Happy New Year Folks!!!!!

S.M

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Posted Dec-22-2016 8:27 PM

The Outer Rim would shift further from Earth over time as more colonies sprung up.

FenGiddel

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Posted Dec-23-2016 9:05 PM

interesting conjecture, to be sure, yet not conclusive.  Illustrates how much has been added over the decades to the "mythology" of this film

S.M

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Posted Dec-24-2016 3:20 AM

What other star do you think it might be in the above picture?

S.M

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Posted Dec-25-2016 8:31 PM

What happened to the original post?

FenGiddel

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Posted Feb-26-2017 5:25 PM

RE: the ever-expanding Outer Rim. If this were a real universe, it says much about the reliability of commercial merchant marine technology that the Company would entrust the expensive processing rig and its load to automation so far beyond inhabited space. I always liked the line in ADF's novelization about "ship's coming out of hyperspace ass-first", or something like that. 

 

This further makes me think how far out the exploration missions must go, if the Solomons Circuit goes this far out, eh?

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