My third expedition was a rather roundabout trip that started off as an investigation of the NGC 7822 nebula (an interesting line of stars that are visible from the vicinity of the North American Nebula). I ended up seeing a little more than that though…! (January 3303)
After Antares, I headed out in the AspX to check out NGC 7822, which was a curious line of stars I could see from my previous trip through the Deneb/Sadr Nebula region. This is the first planet of the Wredguia WZ-O C19-4, orbiting only 4.35 million km from a pair of very close binary M V stars.
HR 8677 was a B V star with a triple system of two large ringed landable planets and a ringed gas giant (not shown). This is the 2.01G planet, the other one is the 2.89G world.
Wredguia TF-W C15-0. A previously undiscovered system with a water world (shown here) and two HMC worlds!
HD 240121 – a B V, two A V stars, and a neutron star!
HD 240121 – hovering near the central peak of a large impact basin on a moon of a gas giant orbiting the four stars (two of which are visible here)
Earth-like World in the Wredguia IX-L D7-18 system!
Taking a rest in a crater on Plaa Eurk PV-G C10-10 A3.
Moving on, I refuelled at HD 216898, an O V star with planets in tow!
At the edge of a canyon on HD 216898 1A1 – one of a pair of double asteroid moons of the first planet, looking at the other asteroid moon in the binary. There were also three other moons orbiting the planet (I couldn’t fit them in the picture though)
Plaa Eurk WD-T D3-25 B4 – a waterworld with a very nice storm system.
Plaa Eurk WD-T D3-25 B2A – landed in a crater in the middle of an impact basin on the moon of an HMC closer to the companion star in this system – it seemed a bit dusty! NGC 7822 is getting more noticeable from here too (in the top left).
Almost at NGC 7822!
The view from just outside the nebula, you can really see the River of Stars from here.
Panorama from a system outside NGC 7822.
I decided to hop along the River of Stars from one end to the other. I didn’t visit every system – just enough to travel through the nebula, or I would have been there forever! The O V star here is S171-5, the first star I visited in the nebula, seen from a large ringed planet (3.19G!) orbiting an M dwarf/Y dwarf companion system. Apparently the planet must be made of Tungsten or something similar, because the surface temperature was 1712K!
You can’t see them, but they’re there… there are no less than three black holes in this image! The circular distortions against the background nebula (visible from 6500 ls away!) are what gives them away – there’s one on the left and two on the right. All three are in a distant orbit around the star S171-9.
The view from a planet orbiting a ringed Y Dwarf orbiting the O V star S171-42 in NGC 7822. The nebula fills half the sky, but we’re almost through the River of Stars now.
S171-11 – the last O V star I visited in the NGC 7822 nebula – seen here with its B V companion (there are two black holes in the system too).
Outside NGC 7822 now, and it looms like a ghost over a nearby F V star. Considering where to go next…
When I relogged, darkness had fallen! A small part of the nebula peeks above the horizon.
Heading away from NGC 7822, on to new adventures!
Farewell, NGC7822! Definitely a fun location to visit.
Resting on the very lunar landscape of Outorst ZA-F D11-11 1. Oddly enough there was also a crashed Nav Beacon all the way out here!
Another rest stop on a moon in NGC 255 EL-Y D24, with a nice view of its crescent parent planet.
There were some HUGE ravines on Oochoss HP-G C27-1 A1. This is a very deep hole that I wouldn’t be about to get out of if I fell in…
Parked next to a big crater split by a raving on a moon of a Class IV gas giant in Oochost HF-C D15-5. I had decided to visit the California Nebula after NGC 7822, but before that there was an interestng stop along the way…
The next stop was HD 19419 – a huge carbon star near the end of its life, 128 times the radius of Sol, not far from the California Nebula!
The view from the innermost moon of the first planet around it was pretty awesome.
A big red eyball staring down at me…
Looking through the ring system of the second planet around HD 19419.
There was also a white dwarf companion 24 AU from the carbon star primary!
The small star is near, the big star is far away…
An asteroid eclipses both stars in the small belt cluster orbiting only a few million km from the white dwarf. I’m rather pleased with this shot. 🙂
Synuefai LX-A D1-26 3A. The moon of the earthlike third planet in this system. It could almost be the Earth and Moon.
Approaching the California Nebula – nebulae fill the sky!
Landed at Mic Turner base at California Sector BA-A E6 – home of the Barnacles and other alien lifeforms!
Right next to the base is a field of strange fungoid-like lifeforms. How do they survive on this airless world?
The field was quite extensive, illuminated in the red light from the nebula.
After much hunting, I found the Barnacles!
All the spines had been broken, sadly.
The scene was quite eerie in the setting sun…