Waypoint 8: Bary’s Wonderland

13 May 2022

Greetings LS3 CMDRs!

Before I begin I want to give a huge shoutout to CMDR Bonquiqui for doing a fantastic job with these announcements while I was out on my own personal IRL “expedition” the last several weeks. Thank you!

Well, what a lovely view we have out here, right!? Nearly every Star, Living Being and the best drinks in the Galaxy are within view at this point. I’ll never get over how beautiful the Milky Way is and how humbling it is to see all of it. I can guarantee you that the view is going to get much, much better in the coming weeks, but I wanted us to take a short pause and enjoy what we’ve accomplished thus far.

Now, on to this week’s wandering. We’re headed, yet again, further West towards The Place Where There Are No More Stars. As is the theme for the coming weeks, only one POI this week. But it’s probably my favorite of the whole trip. Our Waypoint this week promises to be special. It’s a truly massive star system on the edge of the galaxy, a rare find indeed. I would recommend also bringing your SRVs with you, as this system contains all Jumponium Materials, which may be necessary for the coming weeks’ journeys.

Speaking of which, you may have noticed by now that stars are getting much more sparse out here. Such thin reaches of space are particularly dangerous to Explorers, who may find themselves trapped in a system with nowhere to jump to. Expedition Leadership would caution everyone for the next 4-6 weeks to stick as close to the FCs as you’re comfortable so we can avoid such an unfortunate occurrence. If you run into trouble, please ping @ LS3 Herder in the ls3-lounge and we’ll do our best to help!

As always, Expedition Leadership wishes you safe flights and many findings!

Photo by CMDR SterlingSilvr

POI 1: 11 In A Row

System: Fojea HG-X d1-1

This system has 11 primary stars orbiting each other in an intricate 6 + 5 configuration. Prior to the discovery of this system, the largest number of such stars were 9. This system is thus a record breaker by some margin and the only one of its kind discovered at this time (source).

Waypoint 8: Bary’s Wonderland

System: Byooe Thio AA-A g1

While there are many exceptional aspects about this system, including its overwhelming size [the secondary star is 356,000ls from entry], the most remarkable are the three Class IV gas giants on the primary star, which are operating in a barycenter orbit. Two of the gas giants are 3 ls from one another, leading to a remarkable view between the planets only visible in such orbital alignment.

The system as a whole contains three B-class stars and an A-class in binary orbit with one of the B-class. The outermost B-class star revolves in a barycenter orbit with the primary and binary stars, making its orbital period a remarkable 1.6million days [4,400 years] at a distance 337,000ls from the primary star. This star contains its own collection of planets, including a Class V gas giant, the closest orbit. There is also a terraformable water world orbiting this distant star. Not for the faint of heart, this system’s complexity offers a magnificent experience for all explorers willing to invest the time to uncover its majesty.

The system is also a green system containing all jumponium materials.

May 15th Meetup

Location: Geo Site 20 on Orbital Body 6A in the Ovomly PD-R d5-3 System.

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Waypoint 7: Ovomly Rings

7 May 2022

Break time LS3! Well sort of…

It’s an easy leg this week – even the single POI this week is more or less on the way for once!

This week will be taking us into the Ovomly sector, which houses the only form of spaceborne life known to thrive around white dwarf stars: Torus Molluscs. An exploration FC turned DSSA FC in its retirement will be a temporary resting place on our way to see a giant planet with an enormous ring system.

As always, Expedition Leadership wishes you safe flights and many findings!

Photo by Legion_r917th “Stierlitz”

POI 1: DSSA Inverness

System: Thraikoo PS-U e2-4

The carrier was originally commissioned as the IGAU Inverness, as a mobile research carrier that led an expedition spanning 50,000 ly, surveying nebulae and gathering biological samples from spaceborne aliens. Once the expedition was finished, the Inverness was assigned to the DSSA.

Waypoint 7: Ovomly Rings

System: Ovomly PD-R d5-3

Located in the mysterious Ovomly region is a gas-giant with water based life with an enormous ring system of over 6,000,000km. The planet orbits a G-class star and actually features a double ring system, with the inner rings extending to 300,000km away from planet, and the second rings extending from 2,400,000km to 6,135,000km. As such, the gas giant offers a spectacular view of a thin, dusty disk reaching deep beyond its four moons.

May 8th Meetup

System: Bloo Dryue ND-I d10-19, Orbital body: 3A . We will meet at Geo site 5.

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Featured CMDR Bonquiqui

2 May 2022
Look at me ma! I’m on top of the world galaxy

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I honestly cannot remember much about playing Elite for the first time in December 2017. I remember feeling very aimless and quitting very quickly after starting. When COVID hit a little over two years later, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and wanting to give it another shot. Reddit actually helped me a lot with showing me a path forward and even lead me to The Fatherhood after a while. That’s when the game really started for me. Before joining the Fatherhood, I was focused on grinds. After joining was when the fun started.

So I would say my first “real” experience playing Elite as a game rather than just a grind was winging up constantly in our favourite combat system when it was still new to us. It was my first time doing combat, making real credits, and having a blast while doing it.

The camaraderie and the pure joy from messing around with your squad mates, trying to fit four Corvettes into a tightly packed battlefield in the middle of an asteroid belt, constantly bumping into each other and loving every second of it…those were some of the best memories I’ve ever had playing a game. And that feeling continues to this day.

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Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

Not to sound like a broken record, but soon after combat was buffed! Everyone was ready to take a break from constantly mining, to finally earning big money doing something exciting in a wing for a change! The hype during those days was through the roof, with someone else getting a FC almost every other day. Maybe I’m just remembering it with rose-coloured glasses because it was all so new to me, but that time still seems magical.

TFCS MoDean’s

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

The DBX. I don’t know why exactly it’s my favourite – other than it’s the ship that’s been with me from almost the very beginning. It’s small and nimble enough I never have to wrestle it into position, or struggle to find a place to land – it goes where I want it to go with little to no effort at all. And it looks great doing it!

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

I had started thinking about joining a squad and the topic came up on reddit. HunterMemnoch happened to be in the same post as me and suggested I check out TF. Being as large as it was and as a father myself, it was a pretty easy decision to join and it became home very quickly. Suddenly I was surrounded by a group of people who were just in it to have fun together, while letting life come first.

Peeking into the Thargoid Surface Site during the squad Guardian and Thargoid Tour

What’s your day job?

I’m an Elf! Well, that’s what my kids told people when they were younger. You know all the huge stuffed animals and prizes you win at carnivals and amusements parks? I help design them, communicate with our factories in China to get them made according to our specifications, and then do all the groundwork to bring them across the ocean.

We all wear several hats in our small business, but I’m basically the guy who makes sure it all runs smoothly – from import, bookkeeping, logistics to talking with customers. If you’ve gone to an amusement park or carnival in Western Canada/US – chances are you’ve seen my work.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

I’m pretty good with languages – although a ton of people are in this squad it seems. I spoke fluent German while completing my Abitur in Germany (although I’m fairly rusty now), conversational in French and have a basic understanding of Italian.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

It’s stupid but here’s the backstory. I was reading an article a long time ago which dove into why Facebook’s policy at the time permitting only one name change per lifetime was problematic. An example they gave was some poor teen, who left his Facebook profile logged in, and his friend changed his name to Bonquiqui Shiquavius – leaving him stuck with it for life.

…but it can also be a little bit spooky snooping around alien sites

I thought that was the most ridiculous problem I’ve ever read about, but as I also needed an anonymous name for Slashdot, etc, I took it for my own. I used it for Elite because I figured I would never really be playing with anyone else – I had zero desire to play multiplayer at the time. By the time I started to regret not choosing a cooler name, it was too late – everyone knew me already as Bonquiqui. So Bonk/Bonq/BonBon I stay.

Are there any activities in Elite Dangerous that you have yet to try? If so, what are they and what’s keeping you?

AX combat and core mining.

Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore

I actually managed to kill one single Thargoid interceptor in a wing with CMDR Michael A Corleone, but died in the caustic cloud. He got the kill shot so there’s no record of that on Inara either. Never got around to trying again. Maybe after LS3 though…

Core mining – well, I got burnt out on mining during the Painite rush. No interest really in picking it up again. On the other hand, core mining always seemed like something I should know how to do at least. Maybe someday…

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Wing up as soon as and as often as you can. Don’t worry about not being good enough, or having a great ship. Just join and have fun with us. You’ll get better much faster AND have a ton more fun doing it than slogging through the game on your own.

Elite Dangerous sure can be pretty if you look around a little…

Waypoint 6: Circulum

30 Apr 2022

We’ve got a shorter leg this week, which should be a welcome relief after two weeks of jumping! That is of course unless you choose to visit the POIs as well – in which case – buckle up buttercup!

It seems like we’ve settled into a comfortable rhythm though. CMDRs are floating through space in a loosely defined pack, discovering lots of new Earth-like worlds, hundreds of water worlds and, of course, way too many snowballs, all while having regularly scheduled high jinx. I think this bodes well for morale as we continue to get closer and closer to the edges of the galaxy. It might be desolate out here, but it’s certainly not lonely!

I’d also like to take a moment to specially thank Olive_Oyl_ and CMDR johnl666 for their continued superhuman efforts to supply the convoy with tritium, modules and ferry services. You’ve both gone above and beyond and we are very thankful for your generosity.

This week we will visit a ridiculously hot system, an interestingly shaped nebula and end up in a system with an unusually high mass and a mountain begging to be climbed.

As always, Expedition Leadership wishes you safe flights and many findings!

Photo by XpressioN “Amateur”

POI 1: Fireball Fumaroles

System: Eullobs EL-Y e7

There is a field of gaseous volcanism, located on:

Orbital body: A 4 D A
Geo Location 1
Coordinates: 14.9405 / 130.8037

This rare white supergiant system is located in the south end of the Perseus Crags. Planets around the main star have experienced incredible heating, with most having no volatiles left on their surfaces. Tidal stress in the A 4 D moonlet has disrupted the body’s internals, releasing trapped pockets of silicates inside.

POI 2: Gryphon Nebula

System: Thraikai XL-A c15-0

A medium-sized, reddish-orange nebula which from certain angles is reminiscent of the mythical beast the Gryphon, which was a winged lion. The nebula is sparsely populated with few stars on the interior.

Waypoint 6: Circulum

System: Bloo Dryue ND-I d10-19

This system contains an unusually high content of mass for a D-mass system, most evident in the amount of rings in the system.

Orbital body 5 A features a 10km tall towering mountain that frames all three of these ringed planets through a valley.

Adding to the systems mosaic, the system also features a ringed water world moon whose parent planet is a very large ringed hmc with a dense atmosphere. The mass of this system, and it’s complexity of planetary bodies is further enforced by it’s diversity of material composition.

May 1st Meetup Location

System: Drojai MC-B d1-35, Orbital body: A 3 f a

We will meet at Geo Site 5.

Also of interest nearby: The Blue Oyster Bar (22,6 / -69,8 – close to Geo Site 11): The vicinity is littered with hundreds of high-pressure sulfur water geysers, some of which are powerful enough to jettison an SRV 5km above the surface

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Featured CMDR Rebel “Boomerang” Yankee

23 Apr 2022
Kraaaaaiiiiitttttt!

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

My first exposure with Elite: Dangerous was through a couple different YouTubers I watched several years back and was immediately hooked. Since I only had a console then and there wasn’t console support at the time, I was relegated to just watching.

As for what keeps me playing it’s partially that there’s always something to do. Even if that something to do is nothing at all.

The other part that keeps me around are the people of The Fatherhood — a group of people who welcomed me into their fold while I was figuring out my space legs and were willing to show me the ropes. That definitely did a lot for my relationship with Elite.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

My favorite moment in Elite happens to be the reason I joined The Fatherhood. I managed to get a bounty on me that I ended up forgetting about when I got the news that I could access the solar system. I made my way as quickly as possible and began playing tourist when I got interdicted in my Cobra over Mars by an Anaconda who happened to be a Fatherhood member. I thought he was friendly since he didn’t immediately open fire and we danced our ships in a friendly manner. It wasn’t until he backed up and sent a torpedo at me that I noticed the little, red text saying “WANTED” in my bottom right HUD. I somehow evaded a couple more torpedoes and got out of a couple more interdictions from him and docked. We shared a bit of sporting banter with eachother before winging up. Through him, I learned a lot about combat, bounties and more importantly The Fatherhood. I signed up that night all because I was too young and dumb in-game.

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

This callsign came to me because I… was clumsy. I pushed the wrong buttons and accidentally vented myself out of the Discord airlock. I came back in to discover in my horror that some of my fellow commanders were dying… of laughter… at me. Naturally, the razzing started and before I knew it, I was “Boomerang”. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s come around to me.

TFS Miss Chief

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

Chieftain, hands down. The way she sounds, looks, and handles is just so satisfying to me.

Currently, the only Chieftain I have is named “Miss Chief” because wherever I go, “Miss Chief” follows. The way I build most of my ships is kinda a Jack-of-all-trades and that’s the best setup to do all kinds of shenanigans.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood? What squadron did you join: Bravo

I think I’ve thoroughly answered this question in some of the others above. To summarize, The Fatherhood is a bunch of great and friendly people who helped me out in my early Elite days and made me feel welcomed immediately. That and the casualness helps a lot since they don’t really expect me to do much. That said, how I got to be Wing Council before I was even a Veteran in the squadron is beyond me.

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

My work as of writing this is a 3D printing tech but I’ll be moving soon so that is gonna change.

As for balancing life and gaming, like our motto says, life comes first. I haven’t touched any video games in the past year because life’s been busy and it will be the same for a bit after I move. And because of the uncertainty of the future, my availability is a bit of mystery even to me, but discord is always open to reach out.

CMDR Rebel “Boomerang” Yankee

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

I came up with my Xbox gamertag of Rebel Yankee because it’s a bit of a play on words and a history based oxymoron that’s every bit American as I am.

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

For those starting out in Elite, I recommend doing some trading without a docking computer first to get the hang of flying and landing manually. If you do use a docking computer, never take your hands off the controls. The AI is useful but not perfect.

Also, if you’re trapped in a station because a Beluga is stuck in the slot whilst you’re trying to leave, reload the game. That should help.

o7

Waypoint 5: Blue Oyster Bar Geysers

22 Apr 2022

Greetings, LS3 CMDRs!

Well, that sure was a crazy week, right?! We found numerous wonderful and awe-inspiring objects and have advanced humanity’s knowledge of the Milky Way. We also played it safe and didn’t elect to have a mass rebuy on the Planet of Slightly Lesser Death!!!

Many of you will have had firsts this week. This may have been your first time visiting a DSSA FC. Or your first time discovering an ELW. Far many of you will have been to your first set of Guardian Ruins this week. These remnants of the past teach us that everything great must end and that it is our duty to preserve as much of our knowledge as we can!

This upcoming week will undoubtedly see many more firsts as well. This week we will visit a puzzlingly young Hypergiant and an absolutely ancient Hypergiant. We will end the week at an Oyster Bar!!

Astute CMDRs will have noticed that our Waypoint numbers have skipped ahead, this is not by accident. EDSM counted Hajangai as Waypoint 1 and it’s becoming a bit unwieldy behind the curtain, so we’ve opted to simply jettison the number 4 out of Mo’Deans airlock. Rest assured, we have not skipped an actual Waypoint, we have only shifted the numbers forward to match EDSM.

As always, Expedition Leadership wishes you safe flights and many findings!

Photo by “Limp Bzkit” MorallyGreyArea

POI 1: Aura

System: Grea Dryue AA-A h64

Aura is a trinary system, consisting of an A-type hypergiant of 370 solar radii and two O-type stars. The system is also extremely young, just less than a million years old. This bears the question how a hypergiant of this magnitude could form in that short span of time. One theory is that Aura was already a massive star at its birth, that due to its mass has accreted the surrounding gas, whereas the two O-type companions were themselves massive enough to withstand Aura’s massive gravitational pull. The theory is incomplete, however, and not without inconsistencies. Whatever the case, Aura easily outshines the neighborhood and is visible for at least a thousand light years, posing as a beacon for pilots exploring the Cygnus constellation.

POI 2: Tummartu

System: Eussownst AA-A h0

Sitting some 950 light years above the galactic plane, Tummartu, the “Sons of the Winds”, comprises a binary system of an extremely heavy Wolf Rayet star and an A-type hypergiant some 440 times as large as Sol and on the brink of becoming a red supergiant. The WR star is only 4 times as large as Sol but holds an unbelievable 98 solar masses. Much of the star’s outer layers must have been blown away by extreme solar winds, laying bare the heavyweight oxygen core. This core will probably end in a supernova in the next few million years, which will in turn slam into its by then red supergiant companion, quite possibly tearing this one apart, too.

Waypoint 4: Blue Oyster Bar Geysers

System: Drojai MC-B d1-35

Originally a base camp for the German Expedition (Pioneers and Explorers), the Blue Oyster Bar is a small patch of blue landscape amidst the larger pink surface of the moon. The vicinity is littered with hundreds of high-pressure sulfur water geysers, some of which are powerful enough to jettison an SRV 5km above the surface. The Blue Oyster Bar Geysers is a compelling location of vivid colors within the desolation of the Via Maris region. Nearby is the far bridge, a stellar bridge for shorter-range ships to reach the Formidine Rift.

April 24th Meetup

Meetup Location: Orbital Body B4 in the Prai Hypoo GF-E c10 system. We will meet at Guardian Ruins 1.

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o7, Commanders!

Featured CMDR Biggles MK II

15 Apr 2022
Dreamer Blush

What was your first experience with the Elite universe and what keeps you playing it today?

I loved playing the original game on my BBC Micro back in the mid eighties; it was always the cassette I reached for first if I had time on the family TV.

These days I treat it more as a hobby than just a game; there’s always something I want to try, some new lore storyline to investigate or an interesting CG.

Also, the more I’ve become more involved with the workings of the squadron, especially the BGS side, the more things I find to do.

Tell a quick story about your favorite moment in Elite: Dangerous.

So many great moments to choose from; exploration sights, first time bounty hunting in a wing, first AX CZ or first visit to a Guardian site. But, if I had to pick one it would be my Sneaky Sidey experiment.

I proved the Sidewinder has a low enough profile that it could fly up to an outpost at ground level and the turrets wouldn’t be able to shoot low enough to hit me. It’s probably not that exceptional but it felt groundbreaking at the time!

Sneaky Sidey

Tell the story of how you earned your callsign.

They still haven’t caught me.

TFS Wanderer

Tell us about your favorite ship in the game.

It would have to be my Krait Phantom, TFS Wanderer. I used it on LS2 and took it to Sag A afterwards.
It was the first ship I engineered for a particular role, which was fun in itself, and has the first paintjob I bought (Predator Blue – my favourite football team’s colours).

Like all my ships it’s named after an aircraft that appeared in the Biggles books.

What drew you to join The Fatherhood?

Easy. Keelback Awareness Week. I was looking for some kind of direction in the game and I had a Keelback, so joining a group that appreciated Lakon’s finest seemed a good move.

I originally joined Alpha, then moved to Pioneers around the time of Lost Souls 2.

Back in the bubble I joined Charlie, then when the squadrons were reorganised I ended back at Alpha before promotion to Wing Command and a move to help run Juliet.

My alt account – Algy Lacey II is in Echo, so I’ve been around.

Ringed High-Metal Content World

What’s your day job, and how do you balance your home, work and gaming life (or do you)?

I run my own business so maintaining a healthy balance is theoretically in my hands. It doesn’t always work out that way, but at least the boss doesn’t moan if I spend an hour shipbuilding on Coriolis.

Nowadays I normally play at weekends and early evening (UTC) when the kids are doing homework.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you that you wish they did?

Not ALL my ships have Shock Cannons.

How did you come up with the name of your Commander?

I was, and remain, a huge fan of the Biggles books and it seemed an obvious choice to name myself after a famous pilot.

I just wish my flying ability lived up to the name!

Any fatherly advice for new CMDRs trying to make their way in Elite: Dangerous?

Enjoy the smaller ships and never sell them – they can all have a role no matter how big your fleet becomes.

Thor’s Helmet

Waypoint 4: Àrsaidh Nebula sites

Good Day, LS3 CMDRs!

Week 2 seemed like a quick one! But we accomplished alot this week. We had our first Planetary Meetups, people have all started finding their very own ELW’s and as you have all seen, we’ve also restarted our tradition of giving people Expedition Callsigns with two very worthy candidates receiving theirs this morning!

This week promises lots of adventure and fun as you’ll find yourself face to face with a unique cold Wolf-Rayet Star, tussle with a Pulsar, seek shelter on a DSSA FC, then finally meet up for some Guardian Soccer at some Guardian Ruins!

As always, Expedition Leadership wishes you good luck and safe flights!

Photo by CMDR “Wiki” M-O-T-O-R

POI 1: Buboes Star

System: Thailio AA-A h43

While most Wolf-Rayet stars burn bright and hot, the Buboes Star, tucked well beneath the Orion-Cygnus Arm, is chilly, in comparison. In fact, the Buboes Star burns just 54 degrees Celcius hotter than the boiling point of water. With its purple hue, reminiscent of a Y-class dwarf, and the black Bubo-like splotches pockmarking its surface, this frigid star sits in solitude, accompanied only by a sparse asteroid belt. Yet, it serves as a stark reminder of what strange extremes can be found in the galaxy.

POI 2: Pulse Star

System: PSR J1901+0716

This pulsar was the subject of research in the early 21st century for the unusual changes in the length of the pulses generated by the fast-rotating neutron star. The pulse length of 644 milliseconds decreases for ‘tens of pulses’ and then increases again. The cause for this behavior is unknown. A recent survey found many companion bodies ranging from class G stars down to tiny moons.

POI 3: DSSA [IGAU] Paradox Destiny

System: Prai Hypoo TX-B d4

The IGAU Paradox Destiny was first conceived as a black hole research vessel, but changed focus when the DSSA project was announced. Its name and logo are meant to evoke imagery related to both of these goals and its chosen assignment, the Temple region. Thus, the name refers to the “information paradox” of black holes, and the logo incorporates a Penrose Diagram of parallel universes connected by a black hole.

Stationed in the Prai Hypoo (Àrsaidh) Nebula, there are many examples of space biology within a stone’s throw of the carrier. The moon (2a) orbited by the carrier has geology, as well as sites containing Brain Trees and Bark Mounds.

A wide range of services are offered to the weary explorer who might want to sell their codex vouchers, or modify their ship with transferred modules. Stop in and have a drink at the bar!

Waypoint 3: Guardian Ruins – Àrsaidh Nebula sites

System: Prai Hypoo GF-E c10

This system contains some of the Guardian ruins discovered within the Àrsaidh Nebula in the Prai Hypoo sector. Three ancient sites are located on the same orbital body.

In January 3303, the engineer Ram Tah started his efforts to decrypt the meaning of the ancient obelisks, assisted by massive support of independent pilots. Using new technology developed by Ram Tah that allowed the decoding of alien datapatterns embedded within the obelisks, more and more information regarding the site and its constructors (an alien race referred to as ´The Guardians´) has been assembled and presented to the galactic community.

April 17th Meetup

Meetup Location: Geo Signal 4 on Blaa Eohn YZ-G d10-0 AB 1.

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o7, Commanders!

LS3 Week 1 Gallery

13 Apr 2022

Waypoint 3: Planet of Slightly Lesser Death

8 Apr 2022

Good Day, LS3 CMDRs!

Week 1 started with a bang! We had a series of awesome Meetups outside Schwann Port, with hijinks and shenanigans aplenty. Following those Meetups, our Fleet Carriers began their journeys with a gathering as well! Week one is officially in the books and we’re moving on to Week 2! Week two will be a good one, take care once you reach the Planet of Slightly Lesser Death and make sure you dock with a fleet carrier before you attempt to make a landing!

Photo by BlueFoxFPV [GPL]

POI 1: KY Cygni

System: KY Cygni

KY Cygni is a red supergiant and one of the top 10 largest known stars by radius. Discovered in 1930, this star is not visible from Earth due to emitting a large amount of light in the infrared spectrum and the blocking effect of interstellar dust on the visible component. With a current radius 1062 times that of Sol, a ship moving at the speed of light will take more than 4.3 hours to make a complete pass around the star. Total luminosity is roughly 127,000 times greater than Sol. Attached photo is from 10,000 light-seconds (or 20 AU).

KY Cygni is expected to run out of helium to burn in less than two million years, rapidly progress through burning heavier elements, and end in a supernova.

POI 2: Musica Universalis

System: Smojoo ZE-R d4-109

Less than five-thousand lightyears from Sol is a gas giant with a colorful collection of six moons. The first moon is a large, landable, icy body that nearly touches its parent’s rings. Next is an extremely rare, shepherd Earth-like. Outside the 3 rings of the gas giant are a gas giant and water world in a binary pair, a large Ammonia World with a bright, icy ring, and another gas giant with rings and a moon of its own. This wonderful combination of moons is a detour from the route to Colonia that is well worth the trip.

Waypoint 2: Planet of Slightly Lesser Death

System: Blaa Eohn YZ-G d10-0

Like the infamous Monde de la Morte (Spoihaae XE-X D2-9), this system consists of a planet which orbits perpendicular to the core white dwarf’s jet cones close enough to pass through them at either end. While not passing as near as the exclusion zone unlike its eponym, the cones themselves still create a severe hazard for landing which should not be attempted while the planet is inside the jets themselves.

Discovered during preparation week for the Distant Worlds 2 Expedition the system’s general proximity to the bubble proved to be a decent journey and risk experimentation with spectacular views down the cone of a white dwarf for early explorers and veterans alike.

Geo Signal 5 on Blue Flash Sector GW-W c1-0 1

April 10th Meetup

Meetup Location: Geo Signal 5 on Planet 1 in the Blue Flash Sector GW-W c1-0 system. Note: This system is near to WP1, but is not the Waypoint System. Meetup Times listed below.

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o7, Commanders!