A relatively unexplored nebula in the Outer Orio-Persean Conflux region. This nebula resembles a screaming face from some angles. But my favorite angle is where it looks like a portal to another realm.
Inanna was among the chief godesses of the Sumerian pantheon. The Babylonians knew her as Ishtar. She had seven holy vestments that on one occasion were stripped from her as she was about to visit her sister Ereshkigal in the underworld*. One of these vestments was a thin veil of many colours which she often used to „throw before the stars“.
The Veil of Inanna is a predominantly blue and red emission nebula, which is brightly illuminated by many young, massive stars in its vicinity. Parts of the nebula are intersected by a thick and dense layer of dust, which makes the nebula's appearance even more beautiful. The nebula is also part of a much greater complex, the nearby Segnao Starburst. It is an area of extremly heavy star formation and it is thought that the Veil had its own share in the formation of the nearby superclusters.
The Beetle Burial Grounds is a region roughly 1,200 light years in diameter centered around Beetle Nebula, with a high density of carbon stars and red giants. These giants are not distributed equally or randomly, but rather spread out in a series of lines leading from Beetle Nebula. Further observation and measurements of black holes and neutron stars within the nebula have also indicated that the Beetle Nebula might have been a huge ancient cluster of stars.
On to the next area.
Unlike the deceptive Will-o'-wisp star found further "north" of this point, the Tristar Beacon is a true and distinctive navigational marker. It is a trinary system of two very bright B-stars and one even brighter O-star. For travelers approaching from the "north" it acts as a lighthouse, showing the way to safe waters after the treacherous crossings from the far rim. For travelers approaching from the "south" is serves as the final warning post - from here on onward are perils... And ships with a range below 30+ LY are not recommended to continue "north" of Tristar along the Sagittarius-Carina Mission route. An alternative route can be taken via the Distant Worlds waypoints.
It is very nice to get back to some descent star density.
The ghostly light of the Will-o'-wisp might lead the unwary traveler into murky waters... or so the saying goes among seasoned explorers. This very bright O-star serves as a beacon marking the Sagittarius-Carina Mission route in this sector, but the path it lights for you is not without its dangers.
It is very nice to finally be back in a area with good star density.
Until next time, Sloth Peralta
I have come to pay my respects to CMDR Tomaski.
Named in honour of CMDR Thomaski, a veteran of the Galactic Nebula Expedition of September 3302. CMDR Thomaski had a goal of reaching Beagle Point, and after several attempts he achieved that goal on June 3rd 3303 with only 9% hull remaining.
On his return journey to Colonia, sadly CMDR Thomaski (Bob) passed away. His last known location being Slaiyooe OX-L d7-0 on the edge of the Scutum-Centaurus arm after successfully navigating his way back across the Abyss and into denser regions of the Galactic Aphelion.
After months of travel I have reached to other side of the galaxy. I can honestly say that up until a few weeks I never really believed that I would actually make it here.
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.
This planetary nebula offers a stunning and unique view of the galaxy as seen from the void between the Sagittarius-Carina and Scutum-Centaurus arms.
On to Beagle Point!
One of the brightest lights in the region, located just outside the Nyauthai Ripple. The system consists of two blue-white supergiants located almost 400k light-seconds apart. The secondary supergiant is itself orbited by a main-sequence O-class and B-class star. This system has a total of 161 solar masses and a composite luminosity equivalent of 26 million solar luminosity.
Note: The second blue-white supergiant is incorrectly defined as a regular main-sequence star, despite a size of more than 400 solar radii.
This waypoint took me into the Formorian Frontier region. That means I have now been to 15 of the 44 regions from the Codex.
Making solid progress towards Beagle Point. Only 2 more WPs before I make that heading. But the Thueche Brahe Nebula is an absolutely beautiful Red/Green nebula that was named in remembrance of the Danish 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe. He was a major source for the data Kepler used for his revolutionary laws of planetary motion. Stunning sights. But the journey beckons.