CEA 4 Leg 1

Welcome to the first leg of our fourth expedition! In this leg we will be beginning to travel southward through the Orion Nebula and Barnard’s Loop regions and finishing up at the Crab Nebula.

Dates

Start Date: January 8, 2022
End Date: January 22, 2022

Distances

Basecamp Line: 6,949.14 Ly
Main Waypoints: 10,636.55 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 11,710.95 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: Crab Pulsar

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • Keltim
    • TRAPPIST-1
    • Betelgeuse
    • Mintaka
    • Alnitak
    • Rigel
    • PMD2009 48
    • Epsilon Orionis
    • VY Canis Majoris
    • ALS 299
    • CXOU J061705.3+222127
    • Crab Pulsar

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: Keltim
    • POI: GL 149
    • Our faction’s home system, Keltim is also the real binary star pair known as GL 149, containing the stars CD-24 1826 and WT 1402.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: TRAPPIST-1
    • The system where the real world and the Elite: Dangerous procedurally generated galaxy collided with each other. In early 2017 astronomers discovered seven approximately Earth-sized rocky exoplanets in orbit of Trappist-1. Three of which were within the habitable zone of this ultra-cool red dwarf star roughly 39.5 light years from Earth. Players of Elite: Dangerous quickly realized that there was a system in roughly the correct location called Core Sys Sector XU-P A5-0 at 42 Ly from Sol that happened to be a brown dwarf, not much colder than the red dwarf named Trappist-1 with seven terrestrial worlds around it. The system was officially tweaked to be a red dwarf and renamed to Trappist-1 for the 2.3 update.
  • Map Reference: Betelgeuse
    • Ninth brightest star in the night sky, and second brightest in the constellation Orion. Red supergiant of spectral type M1-2, one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye. This star is one of the shoulders of Orion.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Mintaka
    • The westernmost star of Orion’s Belt, a very recognizable landmark in the night sky.
  • Map Reference: Alnitak
    • The easternmost star of Orion’s Belt, a very recognizable landmark in the night sky.
      There is a POI there named “Impressive Rings” on one of the other stars in the system.
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: Rigel
    • Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is expected to eventually end in supernova. Additionally it has two known companions Rigel B and Rigel C. However in-game it only seems to have Rigel B.
  • Map Reference: PMD2009 48
    • POI: Orion Nebula
    • The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion’s Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae in the night sky and is visible to the naked eye. It is also the closest region of massive star formation to our solar system. One of the most photographed objects in the night sky, and subject of intense study.

      For those looking to dock to repair, refuel, and/or sell exploration data, there is also a starport located here in the PMD2009 48 system called the “Orion Nebula Tourist Center.”

      Three SIMBAD Strasbourg links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • Orion Nebula: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=Orion+Nebula
      • Orion Nebula Cluster: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=%40811295&Name=NAME%20Orion%20Nebula%20Cluster
      • PMD2009 48: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=PMD2009+48
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: Epsilon Orionis
    • POI: Alnilam
    • To accompany Alnitak and Mintaka earlier in the leg, Alnilam is the middle star of Orion’s Belt.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: VY Canis Majoris
    • The largest known star at the time of the in-game galaxy’s creation. There have been larger stars, such as UY Scuti discovered since, but they do not appear in the game. At this time this is the largest known star in the in-game galaxy. It is a red hypergiant located in the constellation of Canis Major. If it was placed in the center of our solar system, its surface would extend beyond the orbit of Jupiter at the least. There is still considerable variation regarding the true radius of VY Canis Majoris, some estimates even have it large enough to extend past the orbit of Saturn.
  • Map Reference: ALS 299
    • POI: Thor’s Helmet Nebula
    • NGC 2359 (also known as Thor’s Helmet) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 3,670 parsecs (11.96 thousand light years) away and 30 light-years in size. The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star WR7 (aka: ALS 299), an extremely hot star thought to be in a brief pre-supernova stage of evolution. It is similar in nature to the Bubble Nebula, but interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to the more complex shape and curved bow-shock structure of Thor’s Helmet.

      Multiple SIMBAD Links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • ALS 299: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=ALS+299&submit=submit+id
      • NGC 2359: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=NGC+2359
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: CXOU J061705.3+222127
    • POI: Jellyfish Nebula
    • IC 443, also known as the Jellyfish Nebula is a supernova remnant, likely from CXOU J061705.3+222127

      Multiple SIMBAD Links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • Jellyfish Nebula: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=IC+443
      • CXOU J061705.3+222127: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=CXOU+J061705.3%2B222127
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: Crab Pulsar
    • POI: Crab Nebula
    • The Crab Pulsar (PSR B0531+21) is a relatively young neutron star. The star is the central star in the Crab Nebula, a remnant of the supernova SN 1054, which was widely observed on Earth in the year 1054.[4][5][6] Discovered in 1968, the pulsar was the first to be connected with a supernova remnant.

      Multiple SIMBAD Links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • Crab Pulsar: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=Crab+Pulsar
      • Crab Nebula: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=Crab+Nebula
    • SIMBAD Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • Keltim
    • W Ursae Majoris
    • TRAPPIST-1
    • Betelgeuse
    • Mintaka
    • Alnitak
    • Rigel
    • PMD2009 48
    • Trapezium Sector CB-W C2-3
    • Trapezium Sector VY-A C8
    • Epsilon Orionis
    • VY Canis Majoris
    • V651 Monoceros
    • ALS 299
    • CXOU J061705.3+222127
    • Crab Pulsar

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: W Ursae Majoris
    • W Ursae Majoris is a binary star near to our departure point. It is too faint to see with the naked eye, but it can be viewed with the assistance of a telescope. (There is an unlockable EDSM badge for visiting here)
  • Map Reference: Trapezium Sector CB-W C2-3
    • POI: Messier 78
    • Messier 78 is a nebula in the Barnard’s Loop area, blue and black in colouration. It is a reflection Nebula discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1780 and then included by Charles Messier in his catalog that members of are now referred to as Messier objects. This object was also featured in the 1960s era Japanese anime Ultraman as the location of “The Land of Light” that acted as the homeworld of the Ultramen.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Trapezium Sector VY-A C8
    • Also known as Barnard 33, the Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion, located just south of Alnitak, the easternmost star of Orion’s Belt, and is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. It appears in the southern region of the LDN 1630 dust cloud.

      Trapezium Sector VY-A C5 is the closest system with the correct viewing angle of the Horsehead Nebula that can be reached due to the Horsehead Dark Region being permit locked.

      Multiple SIMBAD Links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • Horsehead Nebula: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=Horsehead+Nebula
      • LDN 1630 Dust Cloud: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=LDN+1630
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: V651 Monoceros
    • POI: Butterfly Nebula
    • The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust.

      Text credit with photograph: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2526.html

      Multiple SIMBAD Strasbourg links are relevant to this waypoint:
      • Butterfly Nebula: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=Butterfly+Nebula
      • V651 Monoceros: https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-basic?Ident=V651+Monoceros
    • SIMBAD Link

Celebration of Early Astronomy 4

Dates: January 08, 2022 to March 05, 2022

Planned Map (Still subject to alterations) (click for full size):
Distance: 39,335.54 Ly

“The early 2000s, they were often the speculative setting of early science fiction works. Early imaginings of interstellar travel, first contact with aliens, apocalypses, pandemics, you name it, there was probably a movie or book set in the early 21st century of it. While humanity may not have invented interstellar travel by 2020 as many novels and films purported, they still discovered plenty gems of our galaxy by then.

Lucky for us in 3308 we do have interstellar travel and can visit these gems that humans on Earth in the early 21st century could only dream of visiting. So that is just what we will be setting out to do. This expedition will visit many of the noteworthy celestial objects discovered by the early 21st century, some of which even still are considered noteworthy even today in 3308.

We will be setting off from our faction’s home system Keltim, also known as Gliese 149 to the humans of 2020. From there we will be travelling our route clockwise. Many of the sights on this expedition revisit those featured on earlier CEA expeditions for those that weren’t on those.

— Patron Kezika T. Wylair

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Please fill out a sign-up form if you’re coming along!
Note: even if you’re not sure yet all your details, the form will give you an edit link once you submit so that you can come back and edit your submission in the future with any changes you make. Just make sure to save your link!

Sign-up form: https://theexpedition.info/Register
Roster: https://theexpedition.info/Roster
EDSM Page: https://theexpedition.info/EDSM

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Summary and Information

Dates: January 08, 2022 to March 05, 2022
Waypoint Count: 35
Distance: 39,335.54 Ly
Expedition Discord: https://theexpedition.info/Discord

Odyssey Compatibility Notes: With Horizons and Odyssey at this time currently split and some people not having Odyssey we will do basecamps in Horizons if needed. There is a private question on the registration form regarding if you have Odyssey or not. When we announce basecamps the bot in our server will make a post that you can RSVP to if you plan on coming. We will cross-reference the attendee list with the Roster to make the determination of if the basecamp needs otbe help in Horizons or if only Odyssey compatible players are attending that particular one.

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Waypoints

Start: Keltim
End: T Tauri

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Current Waypoint List (each leg is 2 weeks)
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Leg 1

  • Keltim (GL 149)
  • TRAPPIST-1
  • Betelgeuse
  • Mintaka
  • Alnitak
  • Rigel
  • PMD2009 48 (Orion Nebula)
  • Epsilon Orionis
  • VY Canis Majoris
  • ALS 299 (Thor’s Helmet Nebula)
  • CXOU J061705.3+222127 (Jellyfish Nebula)
  • Crab Pulsar (Crab Nebula)

Leg 2

  • BD+46 1067
  • Hypoae Ain MO-I D9-37 (Heart & Soul Nebulae)
  • RS Persei
  • Bubble Sector LX-T B3-1 (Bubble Nebula)

Leg 3

  • Mu Cephei
  • KY Cygni
  • BD+41 4004 (NGC 7027)
  • S171 43 (NGC 7822)
  • Sadr
  • Veil West Sector DL-Y D68 (Veil West Nebula)

Leg 4

  • HIP 102082
  • CoRoT-9 (CoRoT-9b)
  • 46 Upsilon Sagittarii
  • Snake Sector PD-S B4-1 (Snake Nebula)
  • PSR J1856-3754 (Coronet Pulsar)
  • IC 4604 Sector FB-X c1-17 (Rho Ophiuchi Cloud Complex)
  • Antares
  • Shapley 1 (Fine Ring Nebula)
  • HIP 62270 (Coalsack Nebula)
  • Alcyone (The Pleiades)
  • GMM2008 22 (NGC 1333)
  • 40 o Persei
  • T Tauri (Hind Nebula)

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Each Leg will additionally have an announcement post when they start detailing any optionals they may have added to them. Optional waypoints are subject to be added during the expedition up until the start of the leg.

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CEA 3 Leg 7

This is the final leg of the Celebration of Early Astronomy 3 expedition. At the end we shall have an extended basecamp end party in T Tauri inside the beautiful Hind Planetary Nebula.

Dates

Start Date: September 18, 2021
End Date: October 2, 2021
Note: EDSM Tracking will be active for stragglers until November 3, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 16,089.86 Ly
Main Waypoints: 16,122.92 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 16,760.77 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: T Tauri

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • Cl Pismis 24 1
    • Hen 2-215
    • T Tauri

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: Cl Pismis 24 1
    • Cl Pismis 24 1, is a binary system in the Pismis cluster within the NGC 6357 nebula. It was originally thought to be the most massive and luminous known star at an estimated 200 to 300 solar masses. However, later observations and scientific advancements allowed for it to be resolved that it was two stars orbiting each other, each still among the most massive and luminous known stars in existence respectively.

      Further observations since the in-game galaxy was made in 2013 also suggest that one of the stars may be a very compact binary of it’s own, but we have so far been unable to conclusively determine that.
    • SIMBAD Link
  • Map Reference: Hen 2-215
    • POI: Cheerio Nebula
    • NGC 6337, also known as the Cheerio Nebula is a toroidal planetary nebula in the Scorpius constellation. It appears as a ring shaped transparent nebula. There is convincing evidence that a binary nucleus exists at the center of the planetary nebula.
  • Map Reference: T Tauri
    • POI 1: T Tauri
    • POI 2: Hind Variable Nebula
    • T Tauri is a variable star in the Taurus constellation, and the prototypical star of the T Tauri class of variable stars. It was discovered in October 1852 by John Russel Hind, after which it’s planetary nebula, the Hind Variable Nebula was also named. — Strangely enough despite being the prototype star of the T Tauri classe of stars, the in-game representation does not have them as T Tauri stars.

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • OGLE-05-071L
    • MOA-2009-BLG-266L
    • Cl Pismis 24 1
    • Cl Pismis 17
    • Hen 2-215
    • CDP-41 7712
    • HR 6265
    • Shapley 1
    • Antares
    • T Tauri

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: OGLE-05-071L
    • AKA: OGLE-2005-BLG-071Lb
    • OGLE-2005-BLG-071Lb is an exoplanet discovered by the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment in 2005 using gravitational microlensing. It is believed to have about 3.5 times the mass of Jupiter and orbit roughly 3.6 AU from the star. However another model predicts a slightly lower mass of 3.3 times Jupiter mass and an orbit of 2.1 AU and is considered only slightly less likely of a match.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: MOA-2009-BLG-266L
    • POI: MOA-2009-BLG-266Lb
    • MOA-2009-BLG-266Lb is an exoplanet discovered in 2010 using gravitational microlensing. It is believed to have a mass of roughly a quarter of Jupiter’s mass, and orbits at a range of about 3.2 AU from its parent star.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Cl Pismis 17
    • This system is also part of the Pismis cluster, it is the one we used for our basecamp on CEA 1 on planet “7 B A” at Bio Site 1. There are biologicals here to possibly check out as well for those interested.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: CDP-41 7712
    • AKA: Caldwell 76, NGC 6231
    • Caldwell 76, also known as NGC 6231 is an open cluster in the southern sky. It is a swath of young bluish stars in the constellation Scorpius
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: HR 6265
    • HR 6265, commonly known as HD 152270 is a Wolf-Rayet star with a white dwarf companion in the NGC 6231 open cluster.
  • Map Reference: Shapley 1
    • POI: Fine Ring Nebula
    • Shapley 1 was discovered in 1936 by Harlow Shapley, it is an annular planetary nebula viewed from Earth almost perfectly perpindicular. In reality it is determined that the central star is a white dwarf, however in-game it is represented by a Wolf-Rayet. This may be due to new data since the in-game galaxy was created.
  • Map Reference: Antares
    • The 15th brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation. It is often referred to as The Heart of the Scorpion because of its distinct red hue when viewed with the naked eye.

      It is a red supergiant and among the largest known stars. It also has a companion star Antares B which is a typical B-class star
    • Note: Previously this system would jump you into the “B” star for whatever reason. Not sure if this is still the case in Odyssey.

CEA3 Leg 6

On this leg we will pass by Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy as we continue our trip back towards the populated bubble.

Dates

Start Date: September 4, 2021
End Date: September 18, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 12,595.07 Ly
Main Waypoints: 12,920.68 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 21,807.38 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: HD 157693

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • Sagittarius A*
    • Great Annihilator
    • IGR J17285-2922
    • HD 157693

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: Sagittarius A*
    • Sagittarius A* is the Supermassive Black Hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, the type of black hole generally accepted to be at the center of most, if not all spiral and elliptical galaxies. Observations of stars, most notably S2 that orbit around Sagittarius A* have been used to show the presence of a supermassive black hole at that location. S2’s highly eccentric orbit and proximity to Sagittarius A* has been instrumental for scientists use in determining the location and mass of Sagittarius A. At it’s closest to Sagittarius A S2 was recorded to travel at a speed of 7650 km/s, or 2.55% the speed of light.

      SIMBAD Link for S2: http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=%5BEG97%5D+S2
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Great Annihilator
    • Large black hole pair in the galactic center, one of the brightest gamma ray sources found in the Milky Way, producing massive amounts of photon pairs at 511 keV, which usually indicates the annihilation of an electron-positron pair. Additionally it emits high-velocity synchrotron radiation in the radio spectrum for an estimated three lightyears from it.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: IGR J17285-2922
    • A known X-Ray binary in the galactic center that exhibited two outbursts in 2003 and 2010 and went into outburst again in 2019. It has a fairly low luminosity for an X-ray binary however, suggesting that the donor star could be “hydrogen poor.”
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: HD 157693
    • A blue-white supergiant star in the direction of the galactic center. Fairly luminous, albeit just under the limit for naked eye visibility.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • Sagittarius A*
    • Stuemeae FG-Y d7561
    • Wepue AA-Z e1744
    • Great Annihilator
    • Hypiae Aurb AA-A G588
    • IGR J17285-2922
    • HD 157693

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: Stuemeae FG-Y d7561
    • POI: Explorer’s Anchorage
    • Explorer’s Anchorage is a station located in this system just next door to Sagittarius A*
  • Map Reference: Wepue AA-Z e1744
    • POI: (NBORO) Black Hole Only Nebula
    • This is a system inside of a nebula with the only star being a black hole. This means the only source of light in the system is from the reflection of the nebula. For Odyssey players there are atmospheric planets within the system. Due to the nature of the system, the atmospheres end up being bands of black on the horizon, because even being as thin as they are, they are enough that they can block the small pittance of light coming from the nebula’s reflection if passing through at enough of an angle, which makes for an interesting sight to behold.
  • Map Reference: Hypiae Aurb AA-A G588
    • POI: (NBORO) Hypiae Aurb AA-A G588 A 1
    • Warning, Extreme Gravity This planet is currently the recordholder for the highest Gs of a landable planet at 11.6g. Attempt landing at your own risk.

CEA3 Leg 5

With travelling out to the northernmost real star in the in-game galaxy out of the way, we begin our legs travelling back towards the bubble with the beginning of Leg 5! We will be travelling to the G2 Dust Cloud which is just north of the galactic center for this leg.

Dates

Start Date: August 21, 2021
End Date: September 4, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 13,260.33 Ly
Main Waypoints: 13,358.72 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 29,167.13 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V C2-7255

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • PSR J1740-3052
    • G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V C2-7255

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: PSR J1740-3052
    • PSR J1740-3052 is a young 570ms pulsar with an estimated age of only about 350 thousand years. It was originally though to have a companion star in a highly eccentric orbit with it with a mass greater than 11 times that of our sun. However later observations seem to discount that star being the companion star and instead a different star of much smaller radius and mass to be the actual companion star, and the other to just be nearby but not orbitally bound. – The star originally thought to be a companion but no longer thought to be would be 2MASS J17405002-3052039, which is not actually in the in-game universe.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V C2-7255
    • POI: G2 Dust Cloud
    • The remnant of an event in 2013 of a gas cloud roughly three times the mass of earth passing within 36 lighthours (129,600 Ls) of Sagittarius A. It survived the encounter and has continued moving past Sagittarius A since 2013.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • HD 158564
    • PSR J1740-3052
    • GRS 1737-31
    • Juenae OX-U e2-8852
    • G2 Dust Cloud Sector JH-V C2-7255

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: HD 158564
    • This K class giant was just discovered in the in-game galaxy yesterday by “CMDR Orange!” and takes the mantle as the new furthest north known non-procedurally generated star in the in-game galaxy. — It was originally thought to be just 29,651.21 lightyears from earth based on parallax measurements conducted in 1997, however new measurements from 2007 have changed that estimate to be 46,594.76 lightyears.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: GRS 1737-31
    • GRS 1737-31 is a stellar-mass black hole located in the Galactic Bar. This system was first observed in the year 1997 during observations of the galactic core, where it was detected as a source of gamma and X-rays. Today, three other stars have been found in the system; two of very hot O-class, and one hot B-class. The high mass and very similar young age of these objects suggests that they originate from a similar area. Orbital periods are also quite short, which appears to point towards either a shared origin or capture. No planets are present in this system.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Juenae OX-U e2-8852
    • POI: (NBORO) Electrical Lagrange Cloud
    • This system has two points of interest. The first being the nebula in which it resides, named the Hengist Nebula by early explorers after Emperor Hengist Duval, and in the system there is a Notable Stellar Phenomena of an electrically active lagrange cloud

CEA3 Leg 4

Time for Leg 4, and time to haul to Beagle Point!

Dates

Start Date: August 7, 2021
End Date: August 21, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 13,209.82 Ly
Main Waypoints: 15,204.69 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 72,586.68 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: HD 158320

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • 13 Mu Sagittarii
    • HD 158320

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: 13 Mu Sagittarii
    • While this blue-white supergiant is neither the biggest nor brightest known star in our galaxy, it is among those furthest away while still clearly visible with the naked eye from Earth. Part of the explanation for this is that the star is located deep below the galactic plane allowing for a relative clear line of sight to Earth. The other part is obviously that this IS a supergiant star with a total luminosity of 180.000 times that of the Sun. The star is the 13th star of the constellation Sagittarius (measured in apparent magnitude), and besides its designation “Mu Sagittarii” it is also known under the names Polis and Dôu. (From Galactic Mapping Project entry on EDSM page, minor edit for publishing from a 21st century perspective)
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: HD 158320
    • HD 158320 is the furthest north known real star based system in the in-game galaxy. This is based on a search and filtering of the EDSM database ran by CMDR Waterlubber for my purposes of finding such systems. The only more northern systems in the galaxy that do not follow the Blahblah AA-A A#### naming convention are Beagle Point, VonRictofen’s Rescue, and Macedonica’s Leap, none of which are based on real celestial objects. — In real life HD 158320 is a spectroscopic binary system and member of a visial triple system. It is also a possible candidate for the X-Ray Source known as 3U 1727-33
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • 13 Mu Sagittarii
    • V4641 Sagittarii
    • Smootoae QY-S d3-202
    • Beagle Point
    • Oevasy SG-Y D0
    • HD 158320

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: V4641 Sagittarii
    • AKA: SAX J1819.3-2525
    • V4641 Sagittarii is a variable X-ray binary star system in the constellation Sagittarius. It is the source of one of the fastest superluminal jets in the Milky Way galaxy. Amateur astronomer Rod Stubbings made a visual observation of a dramatic outburst during earth year 1999. This observation helped to confirm the source was a black hole with a close binary star. (From Galactic Mapping Project entry on EDSM page)
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Smootoae QY-S d3-202
    • AKA: (NBORO) Luna’s Shadow
    • Situated on the galactic prime meridian, and 1 LY above the galactic plane z-line, some 25,898 LYs from Sagittarius A* on the far side of the galaxy, this system is the physically located antithesis of Sol. Remarkably the star system also has 8 major planets, the third one being a Water World orbited by a moon that is strikingly similar in both appearance, size, and composition to that of the Earth’s moon, Luna, on the opposite side of the galaxy from this location. This moon, nicknamed Luna’s Shadow, is an ideal location for travellers to land at and collect Jumponium resources before heading out to the Abyss. (From Galactic Mapping Project entry on EDSM Page)
  • Map Reference: Beagle Point
    • AKA: (NBORO) Beagle Point
    • Beagle Point marks the end point of a galaxy-spanning expedition undertaken by Commander Kamzel in 3301. At the time, the system was known as Ceeckia ZQ-L c24-0, but Kamzel nicknamed it Beagle Point after his beloved beagle Jack, who had passed away a short time before. One year later, the system was chosen as the final destination of the first Distant Worlds expedition, resulting in an influx of over 500 pilots in April 3302. In recognition of these events, Universal Cartographics officially renamed the system Beagle Point on the 26th of May 3302. At 65,279 LYs from Sol, Beagle Point was one of the most distant star systems a commander could reach prior to the Jumponium and Engineering eras. (From EDSM System Page)
  • Map Reference: Oevasy SG-Y D0
    • AKA: (NBORO) Salome’s Reach
    • This system represents a double galactic record. It is at the same time the most distant system from Sol at 65,647.34 LYs and also the system furthest north of Sol at 65,630.16 LYs. The system was apparently visited by “unknown means” sometime in 3301 by a CMDR Tooth – who originally held the first discovery tagging rights with Universal Cartographics until the system was revisited by more legitimate means by CMDR Ishum in June 3302 once engineered FSD upgrades were introduced. The system contains ‘Salomé’s Reach’ (Oevasy SG-Y D0 B 9 F). At its most extreme, this moon can be over 134,000 Light Seconds further out into the intergalactic void than the primary star is – thus making it the most distant object an explorer can currently visit. It was designated ‘Salomé’s Reach’ in honour of Senator Kahina Tijani Loren (Salomé) by the Children of Raxxla commander who was the first pilot recorded to have landed there (June 1st 3302). (From Galactic Mapping Project entry on EDSM Page)
    • EDSM Link

CEA3 Leg 3

It is now time for the third leg of Celebration of Early Astronomy, and this is the one that passes near Colonia for those interested in visiting it, or “getting out of the black” for a little bit.

Dates

Start Date: July 24, 2021
End Date: August 7, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 17,474.22 Ly
Main Waypoints: 8,999.86 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 19,385.95 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Basecamp: 15 Sagittarii

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • XTE J1856+053
    • PSR J1852+0031
    • AXP 1E1841-045
    • 15 Sagittarii

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: XTE J1856+053
    • POI: INTREF 948
    • XTE J1856+053, also known as INTREF 948 is a transient X-Ray binary that was observed with higher than usual outbursts in 1996 and 2007.
    • Extra Note: This was also included as an Optional Waypoint on Leg 2 as well, so you may have already visited this in Leg 2 possibly.
  • Map Reference: PSR J1852+0031
    • This is a pulsar discovered and studied by the Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey
  • Map Reference: AXP 1E1841-045
    • AXP 1E1841-045 is ananomalous x-ray pulsar , thought to be a magnetar, located within the Kes-73 supernova remnants.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: 15 Sagittarii
    • 15 Sagittarii is a double-lined spectroscopic binary star system matching the profile of a massive O-type supergiant star. It ionizes the H II region along the western edge of the molecular cloud L291 along with an I-type star 16 Sagittarii (not in game)
    • SIMBAD Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • XTE J1856+053
    • V1343 Aquilae
    • TT Aquilae
    • PSR J1852+0031
    • PSR J1905+0154A
    • PSR J1905+0154B
    • AXP 1E1841-045
    • Far Tauri
    • Tisdar’s Retreat
    • 15 Sagittarii

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: V1343 Aquilae
    • POI: SS 433
    • SS 433, also known as V1343 Aquilae is the first ever discovered microquasar. It is an eclipsing X-ray binary system with the main star most likely a black hole and the spectrum of the companion star suggests it to be a late life A-type star. However there are speculations that the main star might actually be a neutron star and not a black hole.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: TT Aquilae
    • TT Aquilae is a yellow-white supergiant Classical Cepheid Variable star in the Aquilae constellation. Classical Cepheid variable stars are young stars that exhibit radial pulsations with a periods between a few days to few weeks and visual amplitude fluctuations from a few tenths to up to 2 magnitudes worth.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: PSR J1905+0154A
    • A pair of pulsars that are a double star, interestingly though in the in-game galaxy the two systems have the same exact coordinates.
  • Map Reference: PSR J1905+0154B
    • POI: V408 Vulpeculae
    • A pair of pulsars that are a double star, interestingly though in the in-game galaxy the two systems have the same exact coordinates. This system has the star V408 Vulpeculae in it which is a Classical Cepheid Variable star discovered in 1898 at the Potsdam Observatory by Gustav Müller and Paul Kempf. A study in 1991 revealed that V408 Vulpeculae is a spectroscopic binary. In 1996 it was calculated that it has an orbital period of 2510 days with it’s binary companion star. It’s companion star is invisible from earth and is only known from its effect on the motion of V408 Vulpeculae.
    • SIMBAD Link to PSR J1905+0154B
    • SIMBAD Link to V408 Vulpeculae
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: Far Tauri
    • POI: (NBORO) Colonia Region
    • Far Tauri is Simbad Regime’s Colonia faction’s main base within the Colonia region. If you have exploration data to sell at this point in the expedition, selling to the settlement Chaydar Correctional in this system would be appreciated!
  • Map Reference: Tisdar’s Retreat
    • POI: (NBORO) Tisdar’s Retreat
    • This is a system that in patch 3.3.0.2 Frontier Developments renamed to Tisdar’s Retreat for some unspecified reason.

CEA3 Leg 2

The first leg of Celebration of Early Astronomy 3 has been completed and with that we launch the second leg of the expedition! Here are the details!

Dates

Start Date: July 17, 2021
End Date: July 24, 2021

Distances

Basecamp Line: 6,641.65 Ly
Main Waypoints: 7,546.05 Ly
Optional Waypoints: 9,436.09 Ly

Map, (click for full size):

Leg 2 Map

Basecamp: PSR J1902+0615

Main Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • PSR J1926+1648
    • PSR J1915+1009
    • PSR J1902+0615

Main Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: PSR J1926+1648
    • This is a pulsar over in the “western” part of the galaxy, discovered and studied by Arecibo Radio Telescope around 2008.
  • Map Reference: PSR J1915+1009
    • PSR J1915+1009 is a pulsar in the “western” portion of the galaxy that has been studied due to having “diverse polarization angle swings.”
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link
  • Map Reference: PSR J1902+0615
    • PSR J1902+0615 is a pulsar in the “western” part of the galaxy that was discovered by the Parkes Multibeam Pulsar Survey.
    • SIMBAD Link
    • EDSM Link

Optional Waypoints

  • Map References quick reference list, more details below
    • PSR J1926+1648
    • PSR J1915+1009
    • HD 174372
    • XTE J1856+053
    • PSR J1902+0615

Optional Waypoints Details

  • Map Reference: HD 174372
    • HD 1774372 is a spectral type B main sequence star. One of the furthest westward non-procedural main sequence stars in the in-game galaxy. It seems by my database that HD 235643 would be the actual furthest westward non-procedural main sequence star in the in-game galaxy.
  • Map Reference: XTE J1856+053
    • This is a low mass X-Ray binary discovered in 1996 and then studied again on and around 28 February 2007 for a new outburst. It is believed based on the low temperature accretion disk that a black hole is the object with the accretion disk.