Musca Dark Region HM-V c2-29 (The Coalsack & Chameleon Nebulae) [#8056050029322]
This system is located at:
R: 498.389 / l: 302.894 / b: -0.525
Right ascension: 12h 51m 5.893s / Declination: -63° 23'46.486''
Metal-rich body (2 to 26 ls), Earth-like world (409 to 613 ls), Water world (335 to 1,298 ls), Ammonia world (848 to 2,308 ls), Terraformable (318 to 635 ls)
This system was visited for the first time on EDSM by Molan Ryke on 7 Jan 2015 21:48:56.
It was named by the Galactic Mapping Project with the name of: The Coalsack & Chameleon Nebulae
1457 ships passed through Musca Dark Region HM-V c2-29 space, including 1 ship in the last 7 days.
0 ship passed through Musca Dark Region HM-V c2-29 space in the last 24 hours.
Two frontier border 'dark' nebulae situated a mere 600 LYs from Sol. Neither reflect visible light and the Chameleon is devoid of stars. Due to their close proximity to Frontier borders, both nebulae are often cited as one of the first places to visit for new explorers fresh out of the pilots federation academy.
On December 20th 3300 the Coalsack was visited by a large group of explorers from the First Great Expedition, making this the very first group exploration effort since the general restrictions to deep space travel were lifted by the Pilots Federation in december 3300. The recommended minimum jump range to take part was a mere 12 LY - to account for the limited technology available (and affordable) for the many new pilots graduating at the time (source).
The Coalsack Dark Nebula (or simply the Coalsack) is the most prominent dark nebula in the sky on Earth, easily visible to the naked eye as a dark patch silhouetted against the southern Milky Way. As such it has played a prominent role in navigation and mythology in the southern hemisphere on pre-spaceflight Earth. The Coalsack was important in Australian Aboriginal astronomy, and formed the head of the Emu in the sky. In Inca astronomy this nebula was called Yutu meaning a partridge-like southern bird or Tinamou. The first reported observation of the Coalsack by european explorers venturing south was by Vicente Yáñez Pinzón in 1499. It was named “il Canopo fosco” (the dark Canopus) by Amerigo Vespucci and was also called “Macula Magellani” (Magellan's Spot) or “Black Magellanic Cloud” in opposition to the Magellanic Clouds.