September 20, 3305
Day 2: Suspended In A Sunbeam
Talk about being reminded of your own insignificance...I’ve heard the stories of VY Canis Majoris being huge, the biggest star in the galaxy, but words don’t do it justice at all…
Images honestly don’t do it justice either. If you want to understand the sheer size of this star, you really need to fly out here yourself. Both me and Piecey spent a few minutes freaking out over our comms, and then just staring in wonder. It’s surreal, looking at something so ridiculously huge. We were parked further away from the star’s core than Saturn is from Sol, and yet VY Canis Majoris filled my view. The star has to be bigger than the diameter of Jupiter’s orbit. Doing the math in my head, as far as I can tell it would take nearly a full hour for light itself to cross from one side of the sun to the other. The sheer size of it defies belief or reason. It honestly feels like our brains were simply not meant to comprehend something so big. It’s beautiful...it’s terrifying...it’s borderline incomprehensible. I’m glad we made this journey out here, but I’ll also be glad to leave tomorrow. Parking in orbit of this thing honestly makes me feel a little uneasy in a way. I suppose being reminded of just how enormous the universe is compared to my infinitely small self will do that to you.
Funnily enough, VY Canis Majoris itself wasn’t the only highlight of today. With both myself and CMDR Piecey having left the Guardian ruins behind, we once more went on slightly divergent paths towards the hypergiant star, occasionally crossing paths at the whims of our navigation computers. I found a terraformable water world, Piecey found his first terraformable in a metallic world. But just a hundred light years from our destination, I ended up jumping into a rare, and always enthralling sight...an O-class star at the heart of a stellar nursery.
I’ve seen O-class stars before, but this is the first time I’ve ever stumbled across one randomly, and it was a very nice surprise to be bathed in that brilliant blue light. Even more interesting, the system was a binary pair of O-stars, with a whole mass of T-Tauri stars and massive metallic worlds orbiting. One of those worlds was reading a surface gravity of over 30g according to my sensors, which is painfully heavy. Still, I guided Piecey to my signal, and we took in the beautiful sight before we made the last couple of jumps to VY Canis Majoris.
All in all, it’s been a short, but very successful and eye-opening trip, for both of us. Tomorrow we’ll make our way home, but until then I’ll going to go and have yet another existential crisis.
CMDR AustralianChaos, signing off.