Alien: The "Middle Heavens"

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In Scanlon and Gross' Book of Alien, they talk the design crew worked long hours to produce a realistic chart of the Middle Heavens which can be seen barely in the background. What they show in a photograph of the chart in the book is one that contains an image of the moon and at the bottom of that, the top of a translucent star chart bearing the enigmatic title "Stars of the Middle Heavens" which is indeed a copy of Philip's Chart Of The Stars,which can be found to bear the words "stars of the middle heavens, approximate dates when the sun reaches each hour of right ascension".

Philips' Chart of the Stars with Philips Planesphere

Why I am mentioning it is that it's likely that over the years since its publications, many people assumed that the area of space that the Nostromo was traveling through was named the "Middle Heavens".


  1. I had been wondering if there was more behind this rather trivial detail than Scanlon and Gross had provided. Apparently, there is not much ;-) Indeed, thanks for wondering as well as being able to look into this.

  2. Thankyou indeed. It was nice to think about an area of space called The Middle Heavens for a number of years but it was something that had to come to an end.

  3. Very Helpful! Writing some fan fiction...