13 March, 3303
Obsidian Orbital, MAIA
The trip was easy and uneventful. With my ASP's 30ly plus jump range, every jump made the blue/cyan nebula visibly larger. That is the Pleiades Nebula. Somehow it makes me uneasy, but not enough to keep me from my destination.
And then it suddenly appeared in front of me, a gigantic blue star with its blinding light, filling up nearly my entire vision. It was the first thing Maia greeted me with, and it was only the beginning. My ship's scanner soon revealed numerous other stellar bodies and it was absolutely amazing. Maia is a binary system with the blue type-B star and a black hole! How likely is that? Surrounding them were all types of stars, ranging from brown dwarves to gas giants to tiny rocky planets. It must be a miracle that such a system was formed at all.
My goal immediately switched from 'finding meta-alloys' to 'seeing everything in this system'. For the next hour, I was cruising from star to star, even taking a very close (probably closer than the Pilot Federation would recommend) look at the black hole. It's fascinating how it gracefully bends the light from far away nebulas into a smooth spherical shape. 'Gravitational lensing', I think that is the scientific term. It's a view I shall remember forever.
After all the sightseeing, I landed on this station and finally started asking about meta-alloys. Turns out almost every local person knows they are studying them at Darnielle's Progress and how they are supposed to be of alien origin. Well, that was easier than I expected. I shall go down there and see what the fuss is about tomorrow.
CMDR Li, signing off.