Cmdr Jason Thorpe is an active member of CCN’s Exploration Wing. While preparing for the Colonia Core Circuit Expedition currently taking place, Jason made a trip through some of the more beautiful nebulae we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep in Colonia. He kindly shared his journey with the Gazette.
Edit: Since publication Jason has made us aware that another explorer, Cmdr Zil Zalo, submitted names to the Galactic Mapping Project for three of these nebulae before him.
The Shrimp nebula has been recorded as the Blessed Nebula, the Elsweyr Nebula as the Kraken Nebula and the Pribylov Nebula as the Zygote Nebula.
What started as a short sightseeing trip before C3E turned into a two-week mini expedition; which, after talking with Cmdr Satsuma, I’ve called The Nebula Loop. The route moved through the Colonia Region into the Festival Grounds and then to the Anthor Patch, a 14,812 ly round trip. I was looking for nebulae, neutron stars and black holes, collecting surveys for the CCN Exploration Wing and the Galactic Mapping Project.
The first waypoint on this trip was Eorgh Prou PS-T E3-3567, just 988.21 ly from Colonia. This planetary nebula is thought to have been created about a thousand years ago when an old star exploded, its outer layers forming this lovely blue and purple dual orb, containing a neutron star.
The next waypoint was Leamae AA-A H55, also known as the ‘August Nebula’. 2,505.46 ly from Colonia, this planetary nebula is a small, dark, eerie location, full of scoopable stars in an open cluster, heavily obscured by purple and orange gas and dust clouds.
Waypoint 3 was Screaka AA-A H72 or the ‘Pribylov Nebula’, located 4,392.13 ly from Colonia. About 15 ly in diameter, it is an open cluster embedded in a gas cloud from which the cluster formed. The process of star formation is still going on, with young, hot stars ionizing the surrounding gas cloud, making it ﬂuoresce in dark purple and orange colours. The emission nebula provides a great view of the surrounding regions like the Anthor Patch and the Festival Grounds.
The next waypoint was Agnaix AA-A H41, also known as the ‘Elsweyr Nebula’ and is 5,880.16 ly away from Colonia. It is a beautiful emission nebula energized with ultraviolet radiation and an abundance of hydrogen, that produces clouds of pink, orange and red. The nebula is on the edge of the Anthor Patch region. This area holds great views back to the galactic core and Colonia.
The farthest waypoint on this expedition was Phreia Flyou AA-A H63, also known as ‘The Shrimp’, located 6,478.64 ly from Colonia. It’s a beautiful emission nebula energized with ultraviolet radiation, and, when looking towards the galactic core, it provides a breathtaking view full of the nebulae and stars around the Colonia region.
The first waypoint on the return journey was Wepio OD-B E68, or the ‘Uthat Nebula’. Its distance from Colonia is 5,835.88 ly and it is a blue hourglass pattern planetary nebula surrounding a black hole called ‘Ishimur’.
Waypoint 8 was Hypau Flee TD-T E3-145, located 4,836.80 ly away from Colonia. It’s a black hole between the two lobes of a bipolar hourglass planetary nebula, that is around a single light year in diameter!
Finally, I reached Screakue ZE-R E4-1264, located 3,219.77 ly from Colonia. It is a pretty but faint and small planetary nebula that looks like a purple-and-pink blob of cosmic glowing gas, surrounding a black hole.
This was the last waypoint before my return journey to Colonia Hub, to prepare for the Colonia Core Circuit Expedition 3302.
Cmdr Jason Thorpe – Wolves of Jonai