Dutifully so, we left Colonia not long after our last update. We set straight out to cover the 11 thousand or so light years between Jaques and The Core. This will be the first of five updates now that we're home. We'll cover the trip from Colonia to The Core, The Core to Beagle Point, our return from Beagle, our breakdown in detail of the trip, and our future plans.
Our first discovery after leaving Colonia
We ended up passing up what must be well over two hundred Water Worlds, and that isn't an exaggeration. They are far
more common than we had previously thought.
Some Water Worlds have nothing special about them.
There are always special candidates however.
A Water World moon of a Brown Dwarf with Rings.
The moon is outside the range of the rings, probably a good thing for any life on that planet.
One of the many scares we had.
This view greeted us after one jump, unseen is a third star some distance behind.
We made basecamp on a planet at the end of one of our waypoints since we were both too tired to fly the ship safely. We took the time to scout for materials, but without scanning the planet we landed on we had no idea if we would find anything - and we didn't.
The Core got brighter and brighter as we fired closer to Sagittarius A*.
We had a list of things we wanted to see and experience throughout this trip. Neutron Stars, Black Holes, and Nebula being the main shouts. One of the hopeful things on the list was also a Wolf Rayet star, exceptionally rare. Something that wasn't on that list was a Herbig Star - something we didn't even know existed. We only checked it out because we thought we had come in far too close to the star compared to normal. Turns out it's exclusion zone is much larger whilst the star is much smaller. This was a welcome addition to the list of cool stuff we wanted to see.
The Core is exceptionally dense with stars, which makes it very hard to see anything in the Galaxy Map.
What it doesn't hide however, are two Earth Like Worlds in two jumps; about 28 light years apart
Or a third, 24 jumps from The Core.
We ran into an issue whilst zipping about scanning the system containing the third Earth Like World, which gave us a chance to drop into these rings and seek some cover.
Eventually, we ran into our first Primary Objective of the trip - Sagittarius A*.
Apparently some smart ass dropped a visitor beacon here for "space tourists".
The least the lazy fucker who put it here could have done was write something interesting.
We ran into a Beluga, probably here from Colonia since I recognise the branding on it. They weren't too happy with the Kill Warrant and Cargo scans we did, or the fact we brandished our weapons at it. We didn't kill them, but we did make sure we were left in peace.
Commanders Mathew and Katie of Tegalus - April 12th 3303 20:30 Galactic Standard Time (GST)