Distant Worlds 2 – Day 48 – Journey to Way Point 7

DW2 – 3305

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.

Shrogaei Foxtrot Hotel – Shrogaei FH-U e3-1421
Planetary nebula with a neutron star in binary orbit with an Class M star. No other stellar bodies. Link
Shrogaei Bravo Lima – Shrogaei BL-X e1-2343
Planetary nebula with a black hole core orbited by two brown dwarfs, a gas giant and two icy worlds. Link

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.

Black in Green (Tourist Installation)
Shrogea MH-V e2-1763

Tranquility’s Stop maintains a tourist installation in orbit of the black hole within a planetary nebula found in Shrogea MH-V e2-1763. The installation was constructed in the vicinity of the preexisting ‘Black and Green’ Tourist Beacon and two satellites giving Engineer Data are also found adjacent to the facility.
In March 3304 the location was featured in the ‘Strange Worlds’ travel documentary.

NOTE: No starport services are available at this facility.

Strange Worlds (Video log)
Canonn Research

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)

The Clawed Hand Nebula
Hypuae Scrua FL-W d2-90

The Hypuae Scrua AA-A H693 Nebula (The Clawed Hand Nebula) is a large red/green dusty Stellar Nursery nebula about 2000 ly above the Galactic Plane near the southern edge of the Eastern Neutron Fields. From certain angles it resembles a clawed hand curling around a jewel, which is the inspiration for its name. It is about 100 lightyears in diameter and contains over a hundred star systems.

As a bonus, at the edge of the nebula lies the Hypuae Scrua EQ-W D2-158 system which contains some worlds in a Trojan orbital configuration (one body orbiting 60° ahead or behind the other in the same orbit)! 4 & 5 are a binary Y dwarf and large icy body, and 6 is another large icy body 60° further around on the same orbit!
Reference: Link

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.

Hypoe Flyi HW-W e1-7966

This small planetary nebula contains a black hole, and several gas giants under perpetually green skies of cosmic dust.
Galionas…too close for comfort….

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.

Caeruleum Luna
Hypoe Flyi HX-T e3-295

Blue planetary nebula with a Neutron Star at its heart. The system contains a variety of worlds, including many landable moons. From the surface of any moon the sky backdrop is stunningly bright, with the blue eject nebula becoming a bright pink and purplish color due to the brightness of the galactic core.

Mysturji Crater
A location from which to relax under the perpetual light from a billion neighboring star systems.

Body: A 1 D
Gravity: 0.22 G
Co-ordinates: 72.16/156.99

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.

Dance of the Compact Quartet
Kyli Flyuae WO-A f39

This system contains a black hole (primary), two neutron stars and a white dwarf, all within a few light-seconds of each other
Reference: Link

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.

Great Annihilator Black Hole
Great Annihilator

20th century astronomers discovered a source of intense photons at 511 keV, which was known to be the result of positron-electron annihilation. After study determined that the source was equal to annihilation events of 10 billion tons per second of positron-electron pairs, it was dubbed The Great Annihilator. The only possible explanation was a large black hole.
Recent surveys found two black holes and a set of T-Tauri stars in orbit. The primary black hole has almost 200 solar masses and an unusually large radius of 550 kilometers. The secondary black hole has 66 solar masses and a radius around 200 kilometers. The system appears to be located in an unusually dense field of dust, obscuring most nearby stars.

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

Zunuae Nebula
GZunuae HL-Y e6903

Nicknamed the “Inky Nebula”, Zunuae is a small purple nebula situated on the near edge of the galactic bar.
The nebula is best viewed from the neighboring system; Zunuae OQ-O C6-3342

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.

Six Rings
Myriesly RY-S e3-5414

This system houses 6 T-Tauri stars, each with its own ring, providing a series of stunning views set against many bright stars in the central part of the Galactic Core. One of the smaller planets also has an interesting ring system, with its angle of inclination almost exactly perpendicular to its orbit, so that the rings are face-on to the central star.

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.

Insinnergy’s World
Myriesly DQ-G d10-1240

Planet: 7 A

This moon orbits its parent Gas Giant slightly below the ecliptic, giving commanders who land there a spectacular view of the vast ring systems towering above you in the sky.
Insinnergy’s World is also abundant with geological and biological POIs, making it a place of scientific interest, and well worth a visit for those en-route to Sagittarius A*.
Discovered during the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition in February 3305.

Byoomao MI-S e4-5423

Named the “Wulfric” Nebula, this is part of the group of close proximity stellar remnants ejecta nebulae within the Myriesly sector.
The nebula is best viewed from the neighboring system; Byoomao WX-T C19-4546

GMyriesly CL-P e5-7383

Named the “Fenrisulfur” nebula this is part of the group of nebulae in close proximity stellar remnants ejecta nebula within the Myriesly sector.
The nebula is best viewed from the neighboring star system Myriesly HN-I C23-3141.

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.

Emerald Remnant
GMyriesly CL-P e5-4186

One of several close proximity stellar remnants ejecta nebula within the Myriesly sector.
Not far now!

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.

Fleet Hyperjump: Link DW1

The supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy.

Since modern FSD technology made it possible to travel the extreme depths of space, Sag-A* has been visited by hundreds of explorers. Some come here as part of a speed race or challenge, others to gain the experience (and credits) of scanning the most massive stellar body in the galaxy. Some come because their wanderlust drives them ever further from the regions around Sol, and others come as part of one of the many community expeditions that have made their way through this system.
Sag-A* was first reached by CMDR Zulu Romeo in late November 3300 while he was doing a scouting mission for the First Great Expedition (FGE) towards the galactic core. At the time no one expected that it would be possible to reach the galactic core before massive FSD failure would be experienced, but Zulu proved the resilience of modern drive technology by continuing on and on.
A later notable event here at the center of the galaxy, was the record breaking meet-up during the Distant Worlds Expedition of 3302.
Record setting gathering at Sag-A*
Sagittarius A* Visitor’s List

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

Fly safe commanders o7

Cmdr Chuffa

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