Distant Worlds 2 – Day 48 – Journey to Way Point 7
Reporting from Stuemeae FG-Y d7561 – Explorers Anchorage Distance from Sol – 25899.71lys Distance to Beagle Point – 39386.7lys Distance travelled – 106283.7lys Jumps – 1582
This week has been full of anticipation of reaching the core, I had left WP 6 early to have a look around the Shrogaei Nebula cluster which was serendipitous as it was the first of a number of Minor POIs which were on the suggested visit list.
Having mooched around a number of nebula I struck out for Black In Green a tourist installation sitting in a planetary nebula with a Black hole at is center. This visually impressive system was well worth the visit though don’t expect a warm welcome at the station there is no room at the inn for salty space explorers so was time to move onto The Clawed Hand Nebula.
For no reason at all I was filled with excitement to see this rusty colored cloud, no idea why and to be honest I really didn’t know what to expect was it going to be something more sinister but sadly not it turned out to be a quiet tranquil place very high above the galactic plane. It was about this time this week that we found out that we have discovered only 0.036% of the galaxy. During the next jump I took a picture of my ship looking down across the spiral arm and it really does give some context to that number. (Posted at end of blog)
So dropping back down to the 2nd Major POI, Galionas sitting majestically surrounding a Black Hole. I stopped into the nebula to get a picture, Black Holes have always been a photographical challenge for me but I think I am getting better, I need to work out how other commanders get beautiful swirls etc but capturing the light distortion is good enough.
I decided not to touch down at the next spot and just get a fly-by picture, the backdrop is beautiful here but I didn’t want to linger as I was starting to feel the pull of SAG A on my soul and wanted to crack on.
Next stop was the Dance of the Compact Quartet, didn’t quite know how to best capture this system in a visual form, if you look closely you can see the distortion from the black hole at the center with the 2 neuton and a white dwarf close by.
Having been out this way before a year previously I was hitting systems I had visited first up of these was the Great Annihilator, this Black hole is a beast and has a significant radius which makes it easy to capture impressive shots for the photo album as well as sitting in a dense dust field which at times blocks out the stars in the back ground.
As ever we needed to press onto what I feel was the more calm and photogenic section of the journey first up was the Zunuae Nebula
Closely followed by this gorgeous system which house 6 T-Tauri stars each with its own rings. If there was ever a system to get the space porn you were looking for this was it. Will fill a number of pages in the holiday album when I find a station with a photo processing booth.
After Six Rings a change of pace and some organic life to visit. This planet hosts a number of sites with organic life as well as geological. The stand out feature is it’s close proximity to a ringed gas giant which offers some lovely views.
A trio of nebula were up next on our way to the core Wulfric, Fenrisulfur and the Emerald Remnant felt like crowd pleasers but by the time I arrived here I could almost smell this week’s goal.
So with anticipation I plotted a course into Sag A*, I have been here before but it never ceases to cause me any amount of wonder. For any one who has got this far and has decided that it is far enough I would encourage you to think again. There are more wonders to see and with the CG upcoming at Explorers Anchorage it can only get better.
So this is the point for me where this expedition really begins, outside of a number of visits to Colonia this is as far as I have ventured. I’m really excited as this in realistic terms is half way as we move to a path less travelled given the lack of stations and risks involved I imagine only a small percentage of Commanders have ventured.
I do encourage you to visit the Elite Dangerous Astrometrics they have an ongoing project to map Distant Worlds 2 expedition, it is displayed as a heat map and just goes to show the size of the expedition let alone the systems we are discovering along the way. There are lots of other goodies on the site as well even a tool for mapping your own journey though the stars.
I imagine the next few blog posts will be slightly smaller as we are due to spend 2-3 weeks in the core before we move on. I have been posting the occasional picture on Twitter and you can follow me here