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Author Brad Steiger talked about the strange mystery of alien visitation. Phenomena have been reported since ancient times, but we don't know if it's extraterrestrial, multi-dimensional, or supernatural in nature, he pointed out. He also spoke about a strange object that orbited near the moon and reportedly broadcast an alien message. The object was said to be "parked" there some 13000 years ago. Epsilon Botis consists of a pair of stars with an angular separation of 2.852 0.014 arcseconds at a position angle of 342.9 0.3. The brighter component (A) has an apparent visual magnitude of 2.37, making it readily visible to the naked eye at night. The fainter component (B) is at magnitude 5.12, which by itself would also be visible to the naked eye. Parallax measurements from the Hipparcos astrometry satellite put the system at a distance of about 203 light-years (62 parsecs) from the Earth. This means the pair has a projected separation of 185 Astronomical Units and they orbit each other with a period of at least 1000 years. The brighter member has a stellar classification of K0 II-III, which means it is a fairly late-stage star well into its stellar evolution, having already exhausted its supply of hydrogen fuel at the core. With more than four times the mass of the Sun, it has expanded to about 33 times the Sun's radius and is emitting 501 times the luminosity of the Sun. This energy is being radiated from its outer envelope at an effective temperature of 4550 K ...