DISTANT WORLDS 2 (PART 11) – GOING BEYOND
24 MAR 3305 Hades Edge (Swoals IL-Y e0)
This is commander Jav Marlo, onboard the Hyperion, registering this log at Hades Edge, basecamp of the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition in system Swoals IL-Y e0, also known as Goliath’s Rest.
I could not join my fellow commanders for the massive jump from Sagittarius A one week ago. The Hyperion needed some patching before venturing on this stage of the expedition, that promises to be the hardest. No more ports on the horizon until we reach Beagle Point. When I was finally ready to depart, the hangar of Explorer’s Anchorage looked deserted compared to the frantic activity it has hours before. The dock crews were exhausted after fixing so many ships for exploration again after the mining community goal.
The hangar of Explorer’s Anchorage
Once in space, the habitat ring of Explorer’s Anchorage looked almost finished, thanks to the hard efforts of the fleet. The construction will probably be over by now.
The habitat ring of Explorer’s Anchorage almost finished
My first stop in the itinerary was the Hengist Nebula, in system Juenae OX-U e2-8852, where I located a notable stellar phenomena upon arrival. It was a Roseum Lagrange Cloud with heavy electric activity. I did not venture to enter into the cloud and risking losing my ship, so I just approached enough to identify the Rubeum Metallic Crystals inside and then I departed.
The Hyperion inspecting a Roseum Lagrange Cloud at Juenae OX-U e2-8852
According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, the Hengist nebula is a planetary nebula named after the late Emperor Hengist Duval, who was assassinated a few days after the system was discovered. A terraformable water world orbits the secondary star; while it could have been classified as an Earth-like planet, the presence of large amounts of water vapor has heated its atmosphere well above to what is considered breathable.
The Hyperion at the Hengist nebula (Juenae OX-U e2-8852)
From there I headed to the Phua Aub Nebula Cluster that was six hundred light years away. The first nebula I visited was Phua Aub Archer Beta, in Phua Aub VY-S e3-3899 system, but it can be better appreciated from the nearby Phua Aub UD-K D8-3863 system.
The Phua Aub Archer Beta nebula observed from Phua Aub UD-K D8-3863
Five hundred light years away was the Phua Aub Archer Epsilon nebula, located in system Phua Aub MX-U e2-7396. Once there I chose to contemplate it better from the nearby system Phua Aub FC-C C13-5788.
The Phua Aub Archer Epsilon nebula observed from Phua Aub FC-C C13-5788
And the third nebula, four hundred and fifty light years away, was the Phua Aub Archer Kappa, in system Phua Aub SJ-R e4-8234. This one has a neutron star as its core and reminded me of the Rusty Net Nebula
The Hyperion at the Phua Aub Archer Kappa nebula in system Phua Aub SJ-R e4-8234
According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, there is an intermediate mass black hole, in system GRS 1739-278, just one thousand light years away. The system was first described by old Earth astronomers in the year 1996, having detected emissions of X-rays and gamma rays. At this time, observations of compact objects were still in their infancy, however it was correctly theorized that this system was home to a large black hole. In 3304, the system has now been found to be composed of a black hole at 115 solar masses, and two young stars of class Ae/Be and T-Tauri in a relatively close 10AU orbit. Five terrestrial, atmospheric planets are present in the system, however due to their young age and energetic, unstable conditions, life is highly unlikely to exist here. Worth of a detour, I thought.
The Hyperion at the GRS 1739-278 Black Hole
There was a worth visit nebula nearby too. The Karkina Nebula, in system Eok Bluae GX-K d8-1521, is a small red, black and green nebula in the Galactic Bar, about one thousand light years north of Sagittarius A, and about another thousand light years below the galactic plane. It is part of a population of unusual small nebulae in the core that have not formed any stars, and thus cannot be entered with current FSDs. However, the star density in the surrounding area is high enough for an excellent naked-eye view. They said that, when observed from the nearby system of Eok Bluae GX-K D8-7721, the nebula resembles a ribcage seen face on. The left lung appears to have been filled or destroyed by a large black mass and a sickly green color appears to be spreading throughout the rest.
The Karkina Nebula observed from Eok Bluae GX-K D8-7721
There was another system close that deserved a visit, G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V c2-2851, that takes its name from The G2 Dust Cloud, the remnant of an event observed in the twenty one century, during which what was then suspected to be a gas cloud encountered near Sagittarius A. Since the event actually happened twenty six thousand years ago, by today the cloud has gone quite a distance away from the centre. Explorers who visit it will find a small and faint nebula, which can be observed by the naked eye from only within eighty light years. The nebula colors the bright light of the galactic core crimson red, which can make for some unique sights.
The Hyperion observing the G2 Dust Cloud at G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V c2-2851
After that little detour, I finally headed to The Crown of Ice, in system Phipoea WK-E d12-1374 but, alas, I arrived there during the moon’s night phase, and the darkness did not allow me to behold properly the majestic mountain range, that forms in the northern polar cap of the second moon of the fourth planet, with its peaks of more than fifty kilometers in height. I carefully navigated through the overwhelming mountains promising myself that I will come back some day.
The Hyperion flying through the Crown of Ice (Phipoea WK-E d12-1374)
The terrain was to abrupt to land there, so I continued to the system Phipoea HJ-D c27-5254 and the Silver Highway. Hidden on the outskirts of the Phipoea Nebula is an ice moon, located between a Class 1 Gas Giant's inner and outer ring systems, and very close to the former. If you go there you will be rewarded with an extreme close-up of this inner ring as it tilts away from the moon's surface, so close in fact that it is easy to see individual objects moving in the belt as it orbits. The appearance is that of an enormous, shining, million-lane highway around the gas world.
The Hyperion flying over the Silver Highway (Phipoea HJ-D c27-5254)
It was night there too when I arrived so, as usual, I found myself a cozy place with a camp fire and nice views to rest.
The Hyperion landed at Phipoea HJ-D c27-5254 3 A
Twelve hours later I was on route to system Dryau Chrea DB-F d11-3866, known as the Stair Away to Heaven, where there is a ringed Earth-like world in a trinary orbit with two gas giants. They said that there is a beautiful sight of the core from there.
The Hyperion at the Stair Away to Heaven (Dryau Chrea DB-F d11-3866)
And from there I aimed to the Dark Eye Nebula, in system Rothaei SI-B e2047. The Dark Eye Nebula is a dark planetary nebula obscuring the bright star field behind. From some angles it resembles a photo negative of a cat’s eye. This system was named by the Mobius Exploration Corps.
The Dark Eye Nebula viewed from Rothaei BA-C c2-210
The Braisio Juliet Nebula Cluster was more than two thousand light years away, so I decided to use the Neutron Highway. The first nebula there that is a must to visit is Braisio Juliet Beta, in system Braisio FR-V e2-293. It has a black hole in the middle that distorts the light creating very curious images.
The Hyperion at Braisio Juliet Beta nebula (Braisio FR-V e2-293)
The Black Giant’s Nebula, in system Eorl Broae EB-O e6-1507, was just eight hundred light years away. It is a planetary nebula with a black hole in the middle so, as a result, there is no light apart from nebula itself. The view from the two gas giants looks incredible.
The Hyperion at the Black Giant’s Nebula (Eorl Broae EB-O e6-1507)
And there was too Lyaisae Juliet Alpha, a planetary nebula, at system Lyaisae HA-A e3363, that has a black hole core that creates beautiful sights.
The Hyperion at Lyaisae Juliet Alpha nebula (Lyaisae HA-A e3363)
The nebula can be better appreciated from the nearby Lyaisae KI-V c2-953 system.
The Lyaisae Juliet Alpha nebula observed from Lyaisae KI-V c2-953
On my way to the Breakthrough Echoes, in system Rhuedgie KN-T e3-721, I found the one and only Earth-like world I discovered on this stage of the expedition. It was in system Lyaisae JJ-R C5-238. It had big continents and just half the mass of Earth.
The Hyperion inspecting Lyaisae JJ-R C5-238 A 1
That was very appropriate because, the Breakthrough Echoes contains a gas giant with three Earth-like worlds moons, one of them ringed. That wonder was discovered during the Perseus Survey. The three worlds are in close orbits and can be seen clearly from the others.
The Hyperion at the Breakthrough Echoes (Rhuedgie KN-T e3-721)
The basecamp of the expedition, Hades Edge, is located two thousand and eight hundred and fifty light years above the galactic plane, and it is very difficult to reach for ships with jump ranges below forty five light years. That is why Fleetcomm has designated an alternative basecamp in system Hypiae Phyloi LR-C D22 called Lower Hades Edge. I headed there first in hope of finding some commanders of the expedition, but had no luck so I found myself a nice camping site close to some fumaroles and rested enjoying the view of the galaxy below before confronting the ascend to Goliath’s Rest.
The Hyperion at Lower Hades Edge basecamp at Hypiae Phyloi LR-C D22
I took the chance to do some repairs to the Hyperion. I think I have abused lately of the neutron jump and my FSD is too much battered to work properly. Thanks I brought an Auto Field-Maintenance Unit with me. I made some mistakes too in my way here and lost five percent of hull integrity. I have no way to repair that now. I will have to be more careful if I want to make it in one piece to Beagle Point.
It was the time for the final ascend to Goliath’s Rest, in system Swoals IL-Y e0. According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, Goliath’s Rest is located above the galactic plane, on the fringe of intergalactic space. It contains a large red giant carbon star, Goliath, with twenty nine times the mass of the sun and a sole landable planet in its close proximity. The orbit of the metal-rich planet is perpendicular to the distant galactic dust and stars, serving as a perfect backdrop for intense light with the carbon star in the foreground. In the distance one can no longer discern distinctive stars, but rather, the galaxy appears as a luminescent haze of glowing light and fire. This system serves as a distant point of departure for those trying to reach three thousand light years above the galactic plane. Nearby there are multiple black holes and neutron stars reachable only with jumponium at the upper limits of the galactic ceiling. Goliath's Rest was discovered by CMDR Parabolus during the SHEPARD Expedition of 3303. I finally made it to there supercharging again the FSD with the aid of two neutron stars.
The Hyperion approaching the only planet in Goliath’s Rest (Swoals IL-Y e0)
And here I am now. Registering this log with all the events of the last few days. There is nobody here yet. I arrived very early on this occasion. I have landed at Hades Edge, a flatness in the middle of a canyon from were to behold the magnificence of Goliath upon me. The perfect campsite. I have plenty of time, so I think I will open one of the Lavian Brandy crates I am carrying
and have a drink in proper gravity while I wait for my fellow companions. Here is a toast to Distant Worlds 2.
Jav Marlo signing out.
The Hyperion landed at Hades Edge in Goliath’s Rest (Swoals IL-Y e0)