Distant Worlds 2 – Day 34 – Journey to Way Point 5

DW2 – 3305

Reporting from Boewnst VK-L b41-21
Distance from Sol – 17590.37 lys
Distance to Beagle Point – 49049.9 lys
Distance travelled – 67668.2 lys
Jumps – 1177

Well this week more terrestrial events have got in the way of a leisurely flight between POIs, at one point I thought I was going to have to go directly to WP5. Fortunately I have made a few early starts and manage to successfully make the scenic route.

Gru Hypue IK-B b15-0
Vostok-1 Nebula

The first point of call was Gagarin Gate, nestled in the Vostok-1 Nebula this planetary station marks the 5th WP on the way to Colonia for those travelling in that direction. This was one of the original stations built in the early days of the Colonia colonisation.


Gagarin Gate
Gru Hypue KS-T d3-31

Gagarin Gate – Gru Hypue KS-T d3-31, planet 4
One of the Colonia Connection Highway outposts, constructed in October 3302. Located inside the Vostok-1 nebula, this port is named after old Earth astronaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to fly into outer space and orbit Earth. Vostok-1 was the name of the vehicle on which he achieved his historic space flight.

Having taken a rest, a repair and a restock I broke away from the the direct route and headed for this weeks PoI’s.

I really wasn’t quite prepared for Jo Ella’s Flares, leaping in to this system cause me a moment a pant wrenching panic as my arrival took me very close to the Black hole to then be confronted by 3 Pulsars. No amount of cleaning was going to make this cockpit anymore comfortable so with tail between my legs I moved on.


Jo Ella’s Flares
Gru Hypue AA-A g4

A system of 4 bodies; 3 pulsars and a black hole. Of particular interest is the binary orbit of the black hole with the closest star: the orbital period is only 5 hours and the semi major axis 1,500,000 km. They are really close. Being relatively close to one of the outposts to Colonia it would make for a nice stop for any passenger liner, having both a black hole and a fast spinning pulsar extremely close together making for a beautiful sight right on the frame shift drop point.
Reference : Link

Next stop was the Crux due to the 3 pulsars which are tightly pack when lining up at the right angle demonstrates how the system got its name. This was a truly majestic sight and well worth the visit.


The Crux
Nuekuae AA-A h52

A tight binary pair of pulsars with a third pulsar also, in a tight orbit with jets point perpendicularly to the binary pair. When viewed from a particular angle it looks like a cross, hence the name “The Crux.” The main body of the system is a black hole of 30 stellar masses. Also of note in the system is a ringed Brown Dwarf.

Leaving the sights of the Crux it was time for an ale in the nearest space station namely Caravanserai in Gandharvi, another station to be built since the colonisation of Colonia really not much more to say about this system.

Caravanserai
Gandharvi

Two stations run by the Mercantile Pact of Gandharvi have been established here: The Caravanserai starport and the Marlin’s Reach outpost.
Reference: Link

It was about this time on my journey to WP5 that I started to reflect on how far we have come, this week marked a number of milestones for this trip. It marks my first 1000 jumps as well as travelling further than if I had taken a straight line route to Beagle Point. Overall it goes to show how much we miss when we dash between point to point and adds more admiration to the ones who travelled this way before.

Amaethon Nebula
Floalt GO-G d11-9

This nebula is situated approximately 1,700ly away from the Polo Harbour spaceport in the Venetian Nebula, and possesses a sizeable number of large stars in the blue-white range. Fungal bark mounds have been found to exist on bodies around stars in the nebula (at Floalt KU-E D12-218) giving reason for Commanders to explore the nebula further. Many systems are still untouched by human exploration, and a further survey could lead to greater finds in this untouched area of space. Named after the deity Amaethon, the Welsh god of agriculture. The region could be a potential location for further human deep space expansion.
The nebula displays various hues of blue and orange, and looks quite stunning for travellers arriving from the directions of Sol or the Colonia Highway ports.

The Amaethon Nebula was next up as well as the polonium fields, Planet 4E has the highest concentration of Polonium in the galaxy. This sort after metal is required for FSD injection and those with a smaller jump range should be mindful to stock up here while passing.

Floalt GO-G d11-9 Body: 4 E

Inside the Amaethon Nebula nebula lies Polonium Fields, a small moon in an otherwise unassuming system. At 2.1% Polonium, this moon contains the highest known concentration of Polonium in the galaxy. At just over 500km, this small moon has only 0.03 gravity, making it a challenge to navigate the long, wide canyons that cross the moon. However, the open plains allow the experienced explorers to quickly fill their stock of Polonium.
The system as a whole is a ‘Green System’ – it contains all materials required for FSD synthesis.
Reference: Link

Next stop was the death spiral, this somewhat impossible system contains a very fast orbiting gas giant around a white dwarf. The Gas Giant sits well withing the White Dwarf’s Roche limit and really should have been destroyed. The orbit is only about 16 minutes so if you have time sit back and enjoy the celestial show……or you can watch the video below (All credit to the original author)


Death Spiral
GBlaa Phoe NC-D d12-230

This system contains a Class V gas giant that orbits its white dwarf primary in only 15 minutes, and passes through the jet of the WD! Its orbital distance from the WD is 0.4 ls, so close that it cannot actually be reached using supercruise (the WD drops the ship out of SC about 2 ls out). There is also a nearby M V companion star a few ls away. As an aside, there is an unusually high number of Carbon Star systems around this location too.
The planet is so close to the WD that (a) it is within the WD’s Roche Limit and should have been torn apart to form a ring system and (b) orbits faster than the WD’s rotation period (which itself is only 16 minutes) and therefore is spiralling in to the WD anyway due to tidal forces. The system is also 7.8 billion years old – how the gas giant continues to survive, how it got into its current orbit around the WD, and how the WD and its planet both got so close to the M V star after the end of the WD’s former red giant phase are all deep mysteries!
Link
The Death Spiral!

Michell’s Legacy was next, I unfortunately was unable to get a nice shot so have borrowed the image below, the system contains a mere 6 Black Holes..

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Michell’s Legacy
Boewnst AA-A h33

A system containing 6 black holes. One of the highest concentrations of system-specific black holes currently discovered, it is named in honour of John Michell who first postulated the existence of black holes back in the 18th century.


John Michell:
Wiki: Link
APS: Link

I was nearing WP5 now and had the option of heading direct or turning away for a few more PoIs. Easy decision to make on this trip and off I went to first the Clockwork rings which I now note a new sport has been created by flying between the rings while in super cruise. Really not for the faint-hearted.


Clockwork Rings
GByaa Ain QA-J c11-144

Twin ringed planets with high metal content orbit each other less than 1 lightsecond away. Each planet’s rings are perpendicular to other other’s, allowing for fascinating views. While both planets are landable, the 1.5 gravity planet is preferable over the other because of its higher 2.3 gravity (source).

Then onto the Crayfish Nebula quite a distance above the Galactic Plane, though given this weeks time constraints I didn’t stay around long and it was off to view the Bullet Nebula.


Crayfish Nebula
Byaa Ain XK-R c7-65

A small nebula that glows reds, this nebula sits over 1100 LY above the galactic plane and over 16,000LY from Sol (source).

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only Commander to get this picture sitting by a nearby Earth Like World looking at the nebula as it makes its imagine trajectory across the galaxy.


Bullet Nebula
Eor Aoscs KG-Y e4213

A planetary Nebula sitting just some hundred lightyears from Polo Harbour on the route to Colonia. Viewed from a nearby ELW in Eor Aoscs VM-W d1-683 it looks like a bullet ripping through space, giving rise to it’s name (source).

With that I was 40 jumps from Polo Harbour this station is the nearest we will get to Colonia and after a brief rest and a repair I decided to head off to the Mug Club rendezvous. This has been the longest off route leg so far covering over 9000lys. Along the way I found a steady stream of Water worlds but I am still yet to discover an Earth like.


Polo Harbour
Boewnst KS-S c20-959

Waypoint 5

So here I sit with my trusty Anaconda watching the sunset with a coffee in hand waiting for the next WP to be released. The galaxy has so many secrets to be revealed and I’m glad I made the decision not to rush. We now turn towards the core which I feel for many is where this expedition really begins. I’m looking forward to finishing the CG we started at WP2 and to see the fruits of our labour with a new station.

Fly Safe Commanders.

Cmdr Chuffa

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