DISTANT WORLDS 2 (PART 12) – THE DISCOVERY OF A NEBULA
31 MAR 3305 Tranquility Valley (Phroi Bluae QI-T e3454)
This is commander Jav Marlo, onboard the Hyperion, registering this log at Tranquility Valley, basecamp of the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition in system Phroi Bluae QI-T e3454, also known as Cerulean Tranquility.
We are closer now to our destination: Beagle Point. If everything goes as planned, we should be there in the next weeks. Meanwhile, the number of expeditioners has decreased significantly. This is still a huge community endeavor, but I can tell that our numbers are thinner after reaching the core. Nobody said it was going to be easy. According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, who is following the progress of our expedition, 2,496 commanders have died on this trip, I guess mostly because of crashing when trying to land in planets with high gravity and victims of terrorist that had been harassing the expedition. 922 commanders self-destructed their ships. Space-madness, getting stranded, who knows what happens in the head of commander to force him to commit suicide. And 7 commanders have abandoned. The rest of us still go on. To the black, always to the black. The star density is still huge here, so close to the core, but that will change soon.
The Hyperion before departing Hades Edge in Goliath’s Rest (Swoals IL-Y e0)
I think that my ship, the Hyperion, and I are ready for the next stage of this trip. We made it so far with no major problems. I believe we can reach the end. When I was at Hades Edge, in the top of the galaxy, I got perspective of the incredible voyage this is. The immensity of the galaxy, observed from that height, was overwhelming, and the limits of the milky way were visible, far away, on the horizon. Our final destination: Beagle Point. It was hard to abandon the comforting warmth of the giant star Goliath and start the descend.
The Hyperion at Goliath’s Rest starting the descend to the galactic plane (Swoals IL-Y e0)
My first stop was at system Schee Bli AA-A h300, the Remnants Trio, which contains many wonders, being one of them a ringed white dwarf.
The Hyperion observing a ringed white dwarf (Schee Bli AA-A h300)
The system contains many other stars orbiting its main black hole, and another white dwarf and a neutron star can be found orbiting a secondary black hole not far away from the heaviest one. If you get enough close to this black hole, it distorts the light of the stars around it and the ones on the background creating incredibly beautiful views.
The Hyperion observing a white dwarf and a neutron star through a black hole at The Remnants Trio (Schee Bli AA-A h300)
From there I headed to system Braisoea UQ-C d13-6108, also known as the Gaesous Twins. The system contains a binary pair of Earth-like worlds orbiting its neutron star. I approached the ELWs to take a closer look at their surfaces and could see how violent their climate looked from above, probably result of the influence of the neutron star.
The Hyperion inspecting the Gaesous Twins (Braisoea UQ-C d13-6108)
The next step was the Arach Nebula, in system Lyaisae PJ-Y c14-472, but on the way there I made a significant discovery. The biggest ammonia world I have ever seen. And it had an ice ring around. I took a closer look of Braisoea JS-L c23-493 A 6. It had nearly thirty times the mass of Earth and a gravity of 2.8. The surface temperature was just 185 K. I thought that, if it is true that the Thargoids come from this kind of planets, they must be accustomed to incredibly low temperatures.
The Hyperion inspecting a huge ammonia world (Braisoea JS-L c23-493)
The Arach Nebula is a planetary nebula with a neutron star core that can be observed from system Lyaisae PJ-Y c14-472.
The Arach Nebula observed from system Lyaisae PJ-Y c14-472
But the true core of the nebula is system Lyaisae SY-S e3-581 which contains a water world that, according to my sensors, it has never been mapped. I fixed that and approached the neutron star in the middle of the nebula to gain FSD impulse for the next jump.
The Hyperion approaching Lyaisae SY-S e3-581 A
Some hours later I was watching the nebula known as the Iri’s Misive from the nearby system Lasoae JZ-Y c1-315.
The Hyperion observing the Iri’s Misive from system Lasoae JZ-Y c1-315
But the best view is from system Lasoae BF-A f810, and this is because a black hole was discovered there during the Perseus Survey expedition. It is just seven light years away from the nearby green and blue planetary nebula so, when you try to look to the nebula through the black hole, the light distortion creates an amazing gradient of colors blue, green and purple, hence its name. As the notorious explorer and chronicler commander Obsidian Ant would say, the experience can only be described as utterly beautiful.
The Hyperion experiencing the Iri’s Misive gradient of colors effect (Lasoae BF-A f810)
After enjoying the rainbow caused by the black hole, I jumped to system Lasoa AP-A e6892, the very heart of the nebula with its single neutron star. And from there I aimed to system Lyaisua SJ-Z e7708, also known as the Blue Rhapsody Nebula. There I found a planetary nebula caused by a large supernova remnant with varying shades of purple and blue. The system also has fifty stellar bodies orbiting a single neutron star.
The Hyperion at the Blue Rhapsody Nebula (Lyaisua SJ-Z e7708)
And one thousand and five hundred light years bellow, there was the system Brairee KD-S e4-2776, also known as the Forgotten Twins Nebula. Little is known about this place. According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, during the original Distant Worlds Expedition, the Eleu Exploration Vessel Velsheda came across this beautiful double nebula while in transit from the Green Crystal to the Magnus Nebula. No more description or pictures in the entry.
I flew around into the system and between its many gas giants mesmerized by the views. Some of them are in very close orbits to the others, making it possible to observe at plain sight three ringed gas giants at the same time, with the neutron star shining in the distance.
The Hyperion flying among the gas giants in the Forgotten Twins Nebula (Brairee KD-S e4-2776)
Before continuing with the trip, I jumped to the nearby system of Brairee RN-U c18-786 to better watch the nebula from afar. I took some pictures and made mental note to send them to the Galactic Mapping Project initiative as soon I have a chance.
The Hyperion observing The Forgotten Twins Nebula from system Brairee RN-U c18-786
One thousand and seven hundred light years away the system known as Dance with Giants awaited. According to the Galactic Mapping Project database, system Hypoe Bluae VP-O e6-8688 has two twin gas giants in a binary orbit with an orbital period of just 0.5 light years.
The Hyperion approaching the gas giants of system Hypoe Bluae VP-O e6-8688
Additionally, those commanders who are prepared to wait and position themselves behind the more distant gas giant will be treated to a double sunrise when the main star shines through between them both. A must see for any traveler yearning for stellar sights while passing through this region of space.
The Hyperion taking position to observe a double sunrise over the dancing gas giants (Hypoe Bluae VP-O e6-8688)
I did not have the time to wait for the planets to align with the star in a way the light shines through them, but I could behold a beautiful double sunrise. Mesmerizing. These planets are so close that it is a miracle that they did not tore apart themselves.
A double sunrise over the dancing gas giants (Hypoe Bluae VP-O e6-8688)
The basecamp of this stage of the expedition, in the system known as Cerulean Tranquility, was very close. I thought I had enough time to visit a minor point of interest I had skipped along the way, system Phroea Bli BW-V e2-10185, the Hot Temptation. The system contains three stars and a black hole, being one of the stars very close to the event horizon of the black hole. Explorers travelling there are warned about sudden super cruise drop outs followed by dramatically increase in the temperature. Nothing that the super cool Hyperion cannot manage, I hope.
I arrived to the Hot Temptation after a three thousand and five hundred light years trip and dropped out of super cruise at the very limit of the event horizon of the black hole in an angle from where I could observe the star and the black hole at the same time. Amazing! The temperature raised but held at sixty percent.
Watching a star in the very limit of the event horizon of a black hole. The Hot Temptation (Phroea Bli BW-V e2-10185)
Jumping back to super cruise so close to the star and with the gravity of the black hole pulling over was not so easy. The temperature suddenly raised to ninety five percent due to the stress imposed to the power plant and the frame shift drive. I kept a finger over the heat sink trigger. It was not necessary. I love this ship!
The Hyperion slipping away from the event horizon of a black hole with a very close star. The Hot Temptation (Phroea Bli BW-V e2-10185)
Back on track from the Hot Temptation to the basecamp of the expedition at Cerulean Tranquility, I made another curious discovery. I was fuel scooping at Aemorrs PU-N d7-1422, a system with nothing interesting, when I saw what looked like a nebula in front of me. I locked the system in the navigation computer and looked for information in the Galactic Mapping Project database.
Jav Marlo onboard the Hyperion locking on system Aemorrs HX-T e3-4517 to investigate an unknown nebula
From thirty seven light years away it looked like a double planetary nebula with a neutron star at its core. It was strange that the Galactic Mapping Project did not mention that there was a nebula there. The entry only said that the system was visited for first time by commander Scrublord-sama. Once there I could see in the Pilots Federation database that commanders Picker, Dragonsbreath, Polar Fox and Spica had been there too. The neutron star and some of the planets had their name tags. I guess they arrived there running the neutron highway and did not have the time to properly scan the system or to notify it was nebula. A pity because, according to my scanners, the system contains thirty five stellar bodies, many landable moons and it is a green system with everything necessary to synthesize jumponium.
System Aemorrs HX-T e3-4517
And it is a beautiful place too. The blue and purple colors of the nebula combined with the jets of neutron star and the star mat of the Perseus Arm creates a mesmerizing sight.
The unknown nebula at Aemorrs HX-T e3-4517 system
I took some pictures before departing and fully scanned all the stellar bodies in order to transmit the data to the Galactic Mapping Project initiative as soon as I were able. If they finally name this nebula, maybe they will recognize that, in spite of being an already discovered system, it was commander Jav Marlo who reported about the nebula during the Distant Worlds 2 expedition. With so many commanders passing by the nebula without telling and being it in the Perseus Stem, it reminded me of the story of The Graeae, the three sorcerer sisters that were sought by Perseus during the beginning of his quest to defeat the Gorgon. The Graeae were three perpetually old women, who had to share a single eye. As the women passed the eye from one to another, Perseus snatched it from them, holding it for ransom in return for the location of the Hesperides that were keeping the weapons he needed to defeat the Gorgon. When the sisters finally agreed to led him to the Hesperides, he returned what he had taken. I think that The Graeae Nebula would be an appropriate name for Aemorrs HX-T e3-4517 system.
Some hours later I finally arrived to system Phroi Bluae QI-T e3-3454, the Cerulean Tranquility, a planetary nebula eight thousand and four hundred light years from Saggitarius A that promises spectacular environmental views with its light blue skies. I landed among other fellow commanders between the fumaroles of the Tranquility Valley basecamp, a perfect place for resting before the release of the next waypoint towards Beagle Point.
The Hyperion landed at the Tranquility Valley basecamp (Phroi Bluae QI-T e3-3454)
And here I am now. Registering this log entry and preparing a data transmission for the Galactic Mapping Project initiative with information about the Forgotten Twins Nebula and the nebula I found at the Aemorrs HX-T e3-4517 system before indulging in a hard earned rest.
Jav Marlo signing out.