Elite Journal: Thor’s Eye Black Hole

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Having previously visited Pipe and IC 4604 Nebulas, I continued onwards towards Lagoon Nebula, but before I got there I found myself in Thor’s Eye, a system with a Black Hole – 3400LY away from where I started this section of the journey.

The first 1000LY from IC 4604 were largely uneventful, but I did find out about ‘space highways’, which seem to be a natural phenomenon where the arrangement of stars within the galaxy means that the majority of ships heading in a vaguely similar direction end up being guided through the same stars when choosing quickest route.


First 1000LY away from IC 4604.

In my second night of travel, I made it another 1000 LY, all the way to the M20 Sector. Nothing terribly noteworthy happened.


Another 1000LY into M20 Sector.

Then came the larger journey of 1400LY from M20 Sector all the way to Thor’s Eye. I did encounter some interesting planets along the way, too!

I found two unexplored and unclaimed Earth-like worlds!

I found two unexplored and unclaimed Earth-like worlds!

As if finding two unclaimed and unexplored Earth-like worlds wasn’t enough, the Black Hole in the Thor’s Eye system was amazing to see. Video edit of the journey below!


My 1400LY journey from M20 Sector to Thor’s Eye. (If you just want to see what a Black Hole looks like, here is a shorter video of the Black Hole in Thor’s Eye).

Next? Onwards to Lagoon Nebula!

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My first space game addiction was with David Braben's 'Frontier - Elite II' released in 1993 on the Commodore Amiga. This game actually gave me so much of what I wanted in a game that I continued to play it until the 'Elite - Dangerous' release in 2014.

I also played through the 'Wing Commander' series from Chris Roberts, enjoying them immensely. This led directly to my support of his 2012 crowdfunding campaign for the Star Citizen and Squadron 42 games that are still in development.

These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I also occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and rather than doing this to instruct others of the best way to play, I do it because of the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.

Left: Hires redraw I did of a 'Frontier - Elite II' Eagle ship with Merlin and Aster planets visible.

 
 
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He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.