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[Elite Dangerous] The Great Colonia Expedition Part 4 – Sacaqawea Space Port to Gagarin Gate

The next step on my journey to Colonia was from Sacaqawea Space Port in the Skaudaii AA-A Nebula to Gagarin Gate in the Gru Hypue AA-A Nebula, between the 14th March and the 25th March 3303. This was covered in Exploration Streams #7-10, which are available on my youtube channel!

Sacaqawea Space Port to Gagarin Gate Gallery

[Elite Dangerous] The Great Colonia Expedition Part 3 – Eagle Nebula to Sacaqawea Space Port (Skaudai AA-A Nebula)

Here is the third leg of the Great Colonia Expedition, from Eagle’s Landing in the Eagle Nebula to Sacaqawea Space Port – the voyage was from the 17th Feb to 11th March 3303! I also found my first Ammonia World here! During the trip I started up my Elite Dangerous Exploration Streams at, so you can see where I took some of these in my streams too!

Eagle Nebula to Skaudai AA-A Nebula

[Elite Dangerous] The Great Colonia Expedition Part 2 – Lagoon Nebula to Eagle Nebula

The second leg of the Great Colonia Expedition was from Amundsen Terminal in the Lagoon Nebula to Eagle’s Landing in the Eagle Nebula, spanning from the 9th Feb to 13th Feb 3303! On the way I stopped off at the Omega Nebula and the Traikaae AA-A nebula high above the Galactic Plane, and gradually realised that I was in this for the long haul!
Lagoon Nebula to Eagle Nebula Gallery

[Elite Dangerous] I found an amazing system!

I found an insane system on my travels!! It contains a Class V gas giant that orbits its white dwarf primary in only 15 minutes, and passes through the jet of the WD! Its orbital distance from the WD is 0.4 ls, so close that it cannot actually be reached using supercruise (the WD drops the ship out of SC about 2 ls out). There is also a nearby M V companion star a few ls away. As an aside, there is an unusually high number of Carbon Star systems around this location too.

The planet is so close to the WD that (a) it is within the WD’s Roche Limit and should have been torn apart to form a ring system and (b) orbits faster than the WD’s rotation period (which itself is only 16 minutes) and therefore is spiralling in to the WD anyway due to tidal forces. The system is also 7.8 billion years old – how the gas giant continues to survive, how it got into its current orbit around the WD, and how the WD and its planet both got so close to the M V star after the end of the WD’s former red giant phase are all deep mysteries!

The System Name is BLAA PHOE NC-D D12-230, and it should already be in the 3D map of the latest version of EDDiscovery (under the name “Death Spiral”). Check it out, CMDRs! 🙂

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[Elite Dangerous] The Great Colonia Expedition Part 1 – Bubble to Orion Molecular Complex & Lagoon Nebula

Here is the Exploration Log (i.e. screenshot gallery) of the first leg of my Great Colonia Expedition, which I’m currently working on in my Elite Dangerous Exploration streams! This covers the somewhat roundabout journey the Bubble to the Orion Molecular Complex (yes, that’s in the other direction from Colonia – I took the scenic route!) and then turning around and eventually arriving at Amundsen Terminal at the Lagoon Nebula for some much-needed rest and repairs!

Bubble to Lagoon Nebula Gallery

[Elite Dangerous] – Mining adventures (Intermission)

Before I headed out on my Great Expedition to Colonia and beyond (I’ll be uploading the logs later on), I bought myself a Python and did a bit of mining. Here are some of the highlight from that escapade – it was actually kinda fun, though not exactly a huge money-maker for me.

[Elite Dangerous] Expedition #3 (part 2) – Pleiades – Alien Ruins

Here’s Part 2 of my expedition to NGC 7822 – continuing on to the Pleiades and to take a look at the Guardian ruins!

[Elite Dangerous] Expedition #3 (part 1) – NGC 7822 – HD 19419 – California Nebula

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)

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[Elite Dangerous] Expedition #2 – Antares.

My second expedition was to the supergiant star Antares. I’d been there before in my Cobra Mk III when ED was first released, but I didn’t have an Advanced Discovery Scanner then and it was harder to plot a route to because the plotting distance limit was about 100 ly. This time around I was better prepared, heading out in a new Keelback with an ADS and fighter bay!

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[Elite Dangerous] Expedition #1 – Alpha Cygni and the Sadr Nebula.

I’ll be posting my Elite Dangerous Exploration Galleries here so I can have them somewhere safely archived (and more accessible than Facebook or G+). So here’s my first proper exploration trip to Deneb and the Sadr Nebula in my Asp Explorer! (December 3302).

If you want to watch my continuing exploration of the Galaxy, don’t forget to tune in to my exploration streams on every Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm PST!