This system is seen as the key for a mystery starting in 3301 with the discovery of unknown artefacts that point to this system. The first of an alien species known as 'barnacles' was discovered on Merope 5 c in 3302.
Atlas Research Group
This system is located at:
R: 380.166 / l: 167.004 / b: -23.177
Right ascension: 3h 49m 18.180s / Declination: 24° 6'5.449''
Metal-rich body (7 to 897 ls), Earth-like world (14,126 to 21,186 ls), Water world (11,583 to 44,859 ls), Ammonia world (29,308 to 79,749 ls), Terraformable (11,002 to 21,953 ls)
This system was visited for the first time on EDSM by Molan Ryke.
10280 ships passed through Merope space, including 68 ships in the last 7 days.
12 ships passed through Merope space in the last 24 hours.
Anaconda - 3
Asp Explorer - 1
Imperial Cutter - 2
Krait Phantom - 2
Sidewinder - 1
Type-10 Defender - 1
Type-9 Heavy - 1
|Atlas Research Group (Boom)||53.047 %|
|Cooper Research Associates (Outbreak)||9.690 %|
|Hanks Alliance of Anti-Xeno (War)||8.700 %|
|Merope Expeditionary Fleet (War)||8.700 %|
|Aegis Research (Outbreak)||7.892 %|
|Janus Incorporated (None)||6.094 %|
|Sirius Mining Merope (None)||5.894 %|
Starting in March 3301, independent pilots began to encounter Unknown Artifacts in space. These appeared to be of an alien and almost organic origin and this raised the interest of the galactic scientific community. Research revealed that these unknown artifacts where pointing towards the system of Merope, and that they where in fact to be found in a shell with a radius of approximately 150 LY around this system. This is also the approximate area of space where unknown alien ships has appeared to pull pilots out of hyperspace.
A closer investigation revealed barnacle sites to be present on Merope 2 A and 5 C, but apart from these nothing outstanding has been found in the system itself. At least, not for the time being...
Interest in Merope was renewed with the discovery of a network of Unknown Structures that also appears to form a shell-like structure around Merope. This interest has only increased with the revelation that both the unknown artifacts, ships, and structures may all be of Thargoid origin. But to this day it is still a mystery how Merope itself fits into the bigger picture.