DISTANT WORLDS 2 (PART 9) – REACHING THE CORE
3 MAR 3305 Explorer’s Anchorage (Stuemeae FG-Y d7561)
New log entry. It has been a long trip to Explorer’s Anchorage, with many detours. As soon as the new itinerary was released, I headed to the first point of the route, the Shrogaei Nebula Cluster. A group of planetary nebulas, all very close one from the others in the sector Shrogaei.
The first one I visited was Shrogaei Bravo Lima, in Shrogaei BL-X e1-2343 system, a planetary nebula with a black hole core orbited by two brown dwarfs, a gas giant and two icy worlds.
The Hyperion at Shrogaei Bravo Lima (Shrogaei BL-X e1-2343)
The next one was Shrogaei Hotel Romeo, in Shrogaei HR-V e2-7758 system, a planetary nebula with a neutron star core orbited by a brown dwarf, four gas giants and an icy world.
The Hyperion at Shrogaei Hotel Romeo (Shrogaei HR-V e2-7758)
Five hundred light years away was Shrogaei Foxtrot Hotel, in system Shrogaei FH-U e3-1421, a planetary nebula with a neutron star in binary orbit with a Class M star.
The Hyperion at Shrogaei Foxtrot Hotel (Shrogaei FH-U e3-1421)
From there I headed to Shrogaei Quebec Oscar, in system Shrogaei QO-Q e5-343, a planetary nebula with a neutron star core orbited by two gas giants, that was four hundred light years away.
The Hyperion at Shrogaei Quebec Oscar (Shrogaei QO-Q e5-343)
The last one was Shrogaei Victor Echo, in system Shrogaei VJ-Z e6712, a planetary nebula with a neutron star orbited by two ringed gas giants that was eight hundred light years away.
The Hyperion at Shrogaei Victor Echo (Shrogaei VJ-Z e6712)
After the tour around the nebulas, I decided to visit The Black in Green Tourist Installation, in system Shrogea MH-V e2-1763, a tourist installation in orbit of a black hole within a planetary nebula known as Tranquility’s Stop. The installation was constructed in the vicinity of the preexisting Black and Green Tourist Beacon. The place is quite famous since March 3304 when it was featured in the Strange Worlds travel documentary.
The Hyperion approaching Tranquility’s Stop (Shrogea MH-V e2-1763)
Alas, the place has no docking facilities. I wondered what kind of people chooses this place as a holyday destination.
The Hyperion at Tranquility’s Stop (Shrogea MH-V e2-1763)
A cocktail and a massage would have been nice, but the Hyperion is not equipped to dock with the tourist installation, so I continued to The Clawed Hand Nebula, in system Hypuae Scrua AA-A H693, a large red and green dusty Stellar Nursery nebula about two thousand light years 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 one hundred light years in diameter and contains over a hundred star systems.
The Hyperion at The Clawed Hand Nebula (Hypuae Scrua AA-A H693)
I headed back to the main itinerary and, on the way, I found a system, Hypoe Flyi GW-U d3-7978, containing a neutron star with five high metal content worlds orbiting, one of them landable, and a nearby M Red Dwarf with six high metal content worlds and two waterworlds, all of them terraformable.
Back on track, I arrived to system Hypoe Flyi HW-W e1-7966, also known as Galionas, a small planetary nebula containing a black hole and several gas giants under perpetually green skies of cosmic dust.
The Hyperion at Galionas (Hypoe Flyi HW-W e1-7966)
The next nebula in the itinerary is called the Caeruleum Luna, in system Hypoe Flyi HX-T E3-295, a blue planetary nebula with a neutron star at its heart. The system contains a variety of worlds, including many landable moons. The Galactic Mapping Project database even suggests landing at the Mysturji Crater, from where to enjoy the stunningly bright sky backdrop with the blue eject nebula becoming a bright pink and purplish color due to the brightness of the galactic core. A charming place to rest for some hours.
The Hyperion at the Mysturji Crater in Galionas (Hypoe Flyi HX-T E3-295)
The Caeruleum Luna is above a very interesting system below the galactic plane that is called The Dance of Compact Quartet, because it contains a black hole, two neutron stars and a white dwarf, all within a few light-seconds of each other. That was a great opportunity to behold the galaxy from the bottom, so I headed to system Kyli Flyuae WO-A f39 despite it was quite a detour.
The Hyperion at the Dance of Compact Quartet (Kyli Flyuae WO-A f39)
I must admit that the view was quite inspiring: three shiny torches casting their lights below the mat of the Milky Way. I stayed there for a couple of hours, sunk in deep thoughts, before coming back on track aiming to the Great Annihilator. On the way, I discovered system Athaip EJ-F d12-7075, which contained three waterworlds.
In the twentieth century, astronomers from old Earth discovered a source of intense photons at 511 keV, which was known to be the result of positron-electron annihilation. After studying the signal, they 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 they found to this phenomenon was the presence of a large black hole.
In the recent years, thanks to the new advances in frame shift drive technologies, the system could be visited, being the first human to arrive there the commander Raiko. He discovered that there were two black holes and a set of T-Tauri stars in orbit. The primary black hole has almost two hundred solar masses and an unusually large radius of five hundred fifty kilometers. The secondary black hole has sixty six solar masses and a radius around two hundred kilometers. The system appears to be located in an unusually dense field of dust, obscuring most nearby stars.
The Hyperion at the Great Annihilator
The next stop was the Zunae Nebula, that is better viewed form system Zunuae TC-V D2-5699, a small purple nebula situated on the near edge of the galactic bar nicknamed The Inky Nebula.
The Hyperion heading to the Zunae Nebula (Zunuae TC-V D2-5699)
I needed a rest and decided that system Myriesly RY-S e3-5414, also known as The Six Rings, could be a sound place for sleeping some hours. 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. The third planet 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. The problem with this planet is that it has a gravity of near four Gs, even more than “The View”
, that killed some rookie commanders at the beginning of the expedition, making it quite tricky to land there even for such a light ship as the Hyperion. Nevertheless, the sight was worth the risk.
The Hyperion landed at Myriesly RY-S e3-5414 3
After so many days in space, the four G gravity felt like a blow with a mace crushing all my bones and muscles. It was not a good choice for resting, but I forced myself to endure the pain for some hours. Space flying weakens the body and any chances to exercise the muscles must be exploited.
With all my body aching, I headed to the Wulfric Nebula, better viewed from system Byoomao WX-T C19-4546. The nebula is caused by a group of close proximity stellar remnants ejecta nebulae crating quite a red hellish sight.
The Hyperion heading to the Wulfric Nebula (Byoomao WX-T C19-4546)
Once inside the nebula, in system Byoomao MI-S e4-5423, I found two notable stellar phenomena. Among the rocks of the rings of the first planet there was a cluster of rubeum metallic crystals floating.
The Hyperion inspecting a notable stellar phenomena at Byoomao MI-S e4-5423 1
On the rings of the second planet there was a cluster of flavum metallic crystals.
The Hyperion inspecting a notable stellar phenomena at Byoomao MI-S e4-5423 2
I could not rest properly at The Six Rings, so when I saw in the itinerary that there was recommended detour to visit a minor point of interest called Insinnergy's World, a moon orbiting its Gas Giant slightly below the ecliptic, I did not hesitate and aimed to system Myriesly DQ-G d10-1240.
Upon probing the moon, I found many biological and geological sites. I have read about them, but I have never visited one What I found was identified by the Codex as mussidaen seed pods. The presence of the strange fungal lifeforms with the spectacular view of the vast ring system towering in the sky made quite a place for setting camp.
The Hyperion landed at the Insinnergy's World (Myriesly DQ-G d10-1240)
After sleeping for some hours I felt ready to confront the last stage of the route. The core was almost there. I headed to system Myriesly DD-O B47-68, to behold the Emerald Remnant, one of the several close proximity stellar remnants ejecta nebula within the Myriesly sector.
The Hyperion heading to the Emerald Remnant (Myriesly DD-O B47-68)
And from there I aimed to the system Myriesly HN-I C23-3141, from where to behold the nebula known as Fenrisulfur. The first planet of the system shown many geological sites after the probing, so I chose one in the middle of a flat valley to land and enjoy the view of the nebula.
The Hyperion landed at Myriesly HN-I C23-3141 1 with Fenrisulfur on the background
I decided to check the nebula from the inside before heading to Explorer’s Anchorage and I found two notable stellar phenomena. I had to explore them. The first one was a Lagrange Cloud were a huge storm was taking place. After my last experience with a storm
, and with the Hyperion hull already battered, I could not risk to being stroke by another light bolt.
The Hyperion heading to a storm in the Fenrisulfur nebula (Myriesly CL-P e5-7383)
I ventured inside the storm just the necessary to learn that the metallic crystals forming there were the flavum kind and I left as soon as I could. The other stellar phenomena were just some solid mineral spheres forming in the rings of the third planet.
The Hyperion exploring a notable stellar phenomena at the Fenrisulfur nebula (Myriesly CL-P e5-7383)
A couple of hours later I arrived to system Stuemeae FG-Y d7561, where the new exploration and scientific research hub, the Ocelus space station that has been called Explorer’s Anchorage, is being deployed. At first sight, I could see that the main thruster engines that were used to take the superstructure from the Omega Mining Asteroid base to its emplacement near the core of the galaxy have already been removed, and the solar panels were being deployed. Hopefully, soon the installation of the habitat ring will commence. That space station means a great milestone in deep space exploration. I must confess I felt quite proud for being part of the Distant Worlds 2 expedition.
The Hyperion approaching Explorer’s Anchorage (Stuemeae FG-Y d7561)
I was greeted by Councillor Magnolia Gill, from Deep Space Surveys, after landing who apologized for any disruption that I may suffer due to the station being still under construction and the situation of civil unrest that the presence of the fleet had generated. Explorer’s anchorage boiled with activity. The construction crews working in twenty four hours turns. There were a lot of commanders from Distant Worlds 2, but not so many as I expected. Even being Armstrong Landing, in the nearby Stuemae KM-W C1-342 system, the official basecamp, I expected more commanders to be here. They told me that an excursion to Altum Sagittarii had departed some hours ago. That could be the reason. I wanted to join the excursion, but the Hyperion needed some hull repairs and restock before that, so I urge the crews in the docks to hurry up and, in the meantime, I asked about the Universal Cartographics office. It seems that they have started to be operative just a couple of days ago. My exploration data of more than ten days throw me the amazing sum of one hundred eighty million credits. It is incredible. I could afford myself an Anaconda with that money.
The Hyperion at Explorer’s Anchorage (Stuemeae FG-Y d7561)
This is commander Jav Marlo, recording this log in the Hyperion, landed at Explorer’s Anchorage, while I wait for my ship to be refueled, repaired and restocked. There will be time in the following days for a complete check. It is my intention to try to catch up with the fleet on its way to Altum Sagittarii. I recently have seen the galaxy from the bottom, and I want to see it from the top. But first, I am going to jump to Sagittarius A, to the very center of the Milky Way, because after two months travelling and exploring, we have finally reached the core.
Jav Marlo signing out.