Distant Worlds 2 – Day 98 – Journey to Way Point 11

DW2 – 3305

Reporting from Smootoae QY-S d3-202
Distance from Sol – 51798.25lys
Distance to Beagle Point – 13517.9lys
Distance travelled – 175195.4lys
Jumps – 2334

Being a family weekend and busy IRL I’ve spent the last few weeks trickling along towards WP11. I arrived late on day 97 to find a significant number of Commanders hanging out, repairing each other and SRV shenanigans. Chatting with a few people you can feel the excitement now with just a mere 13.5klys from Beagle Point can only mean one thing, were about to traverse the abyss.

I’m excited now not only with the thoughts of our destination but by the magnitude of what DW2 has achieved. I’d like to think at some point we’ll get some clear statistics but looking at EDSM to date the expedition has made over 4 million jumps, 24 million celestial bodies scanned, 0.5 million bodies mapped (this clearly is not a crowd pleaser) that’s just an insane amount of data .

So as ever I’ll leave you with the snap shots for the family album, as we wait to find out our next destination. Whether we are heading straight for BP now or having a stop over I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Phoenix Nebula
Dryiquae SO-Z d13-3

The Phoenix Nebula is an orange-red gas cloud in the Boreas region, around 1300 light-years below the galactic plane. The nebula is roughly half-way between Camp 24 and Camp 25 of the Sagittarius-Carina Mission survey. There is little of interest inside the nebula proper.
Reference: Link

Poseidon’s Fury
Bleia Flyuae ZU-N d7-54

Bleia Flyuae ZU-N d7-54 B 10 is a ringed water world, with three relatively large moons. While ringed water worlds in of themselves are not all that unremarkable, this particular water world and its ring system is unusual due to the large gap between the A and B rings with two moons orbiting between the A and B rings, and the third moon in an inclined orbit outside the rings, suggesting that the planet/moon system may have had a violent formation.

The planet has two rings, A and B. The A ring is of typical proportions for the rings of a terrestrial type planet, with an inner radius of 16.7Mm and outer radius of 59.2Mm. The outer rings however are large, and the two inner moons A and B orbit between the planet’s A and B rings. The outer rings have an inner radius of 708Mm and outer radius of 1.1Gm. Moon a has a semi major axis of 224Mm, and moon b has a semi major axis of 400Mm. The A ring and the a and b moons are all classified as ‘rocky’ and are in the same orbital plane. The materials on moons a and b are broadly similar. Moon c’s orbit, which lies outside of all the rings, is significantly inclined at -27.5 degrees, and the minor materials list differs significantly from moons a and b (As, Mo, Sb, Hg) – by contrast c’s minor materials are Zr, Sn, Y and W.

This suggests that the B ring and moon c were likely formed in an ancient cataclysmic collision. Moon c most possibly did not originally belong to the water world, but instead is possibly a captured object which collided with the original moon c, whose pulverised remains now form the B ring, possibly mixed in with debris from the current c moon (now smaller than its original size).

Due to moon c’s inclined orbit, it is possible to find an excellent view of the water world, its inner ring, its two intra-ring moons and its colossal outer ring, while landed on this moon as the rings and inner moons are not being seen ‘edge on’ but rather from an elevated position relative to the orbital plane of the rings and inner moons.
This planet and ring system was discovered during the Minerva Centaurus expedition in February 3304.

Reference: Link

Kalipheron
Byua Aub WO-K b36-0

Situated at the extreme southern edge of the Galactic Aphelion and bordering the Boreas Expanse, this system is home to a moon that is geologically active with Ammonia Magma – one of the rarest forms of geological phenomena so far discovered.

Ammonia Magma vents can be located on Planet 3, Moon A.
GeoSite #12 Coords: 21.060 / -103.208
Misty Mountains of Byeia Free
Byeia Free WR-W b56-0

Planet 1A is an icy body beside a gas giant. On the dark side there is heavy mist with a huge and deep canyon. Beware, do not go to fast on the surface to avoid bad surprises!
Hula Hoop
Striechooe HO-D c14-2

A hot jupiter with an extremely narrow ring system.

Reference: Link
Shadow Earth
Smootoae VE-R d4-134

Shadow Earth is an ELW that is situated 51,819 LYs along the zero meridian line from Sol, and 25,919 LYs from Sagittarius A*. It is thought to currently be the closest Earth-Like World discovered to the physical antithesis of Sol on the far side of the galaxy.
Luna’s Shadow
Smootoae QY-S d3-202

Situated on the galactic prime meridian, and 1 LY above the galactic plane z-line, some 25,898 LYs from Sagittarius A* on the far side of the galaxy, this system is the physically located antithesis of Sol.

Remarkably the star system also has 8 major planets, the third one being a Water World orbited by a moon that is strikingly similar in both appearance, size, and composition to that of the Earth’s moon, Luna, on the opposite side of the galaxy from this location.

This moon, nicknamed Luna’s Shadow, is an ideal location for travellers to land at and collect Jumponium resources before heading out to the Abyss.

Planet/Moon: 3 A
Landing Site: “Magnificent Desolation”
Surface Coords: -68.4811 / 64.2183

Cmdr Chuffa

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