CMDR Log 2 – Onwards, to Burning Stars and Murky Depths

Hey, I’m CMDR chaosking121. I’m coming at you from my trip to HIP 32086 and beyond. Let’s have a look at where I’ve been.

Here, we see our destination beginning to become more visible as we approach. Should life exist on a planet in a nearby system, they would exist in view of this majestic construct. How would that affect them? How would it affect us if we had such a spectacle visible so dominantly in our night sky?
Here, we see our destination beginning to become more visible as we approach. Should life exist on a planet in a nearby system, they would exist in view of this majestic construct. How would that affect them? How would it affect us if we had such a spectacle visible so dominantly in our night sky?
And here, if I just spin my ship around, I see the grand spectacle itself. This is the same sight that would have captivated the billions before us. It's really no wonder we've come as far as we have - we've got this amazing insight into the world, just there, waiting for us to look up.
And here, if I just spin my ship around, I see the grand spectacle itself. This is the same sight that would have captivated the billions before us. It’s really no wonder we’ve come as far as we have – we’ve got this amazing insight into the world, just there, waiting for us to look up.
Do you think life could exist on a planet like this, submerged beneath the flowing seas?
Do you think life could exist on a planet like this, submerged beneath the flowing seas?
Maybe it could.
Maybe it could.
Vanity shot of my Asp. Really digging this colour scheme, and the ship itself is an explorer's dream.
Vanity shot of my Asp. Really digging this colour scheme, and the ship itself is an explorer’s dream.
With as many water worlds as I've found - I really need to ask - are we along out here, in the black?
With as many water worlds as I’ve found – I really need to ask – are we along out here, in the black?
I'm way out beyond inhabited space, but I can never really get rid of that suspicion that I'm not as along as I think. What lurks here, in the depths of these countless suns and their countless worlds?
I’m way out beyond inhabited space, but I can never really get rid of that suspicion that I’m not as along as I think. What lurks here, in the depths of these countless suns and their countless worlds?
I'm here.
I made it to HIP 32086! And by the looks of it, I’m just in time to witness some kind of solar event. Perhaps it’s a Coronal Mass Ejection? Or is it something more basic like a Solar Flare? More research will need to be done when I get back. Still, it’s really something that puts things in perspective when you witness something as violent and powerful, while beautiful, as this.
You can read all the numbers you want off a display, but it can never really prepare you how insignificant you feel when you stare down a huge star. Yet, at the same time, here I am, hundreds of light years from the planet our species calls home. In light of such a fact, how can we not feel like anything but conquerors of space? The juxtaposition of insignificance and accomplishment is one I battle with daily, but sometimes when you're faced with sights like this, you just need it sit back and take it in.
You can read all the numbers you want off a display, but it can never really prepare you how insignificant you feel when you stare down a huge star. Yet, at the same time, here I am, hundreds of light years from the planet our species calls home. In light of such a fact, how can we not feel like anything but conquerors of space? The juxtaposition of insignificance and accomplishment is one I battle with daily, but sometimes when you’re faced with sights like this, you just need it sit back and take it in.

 

The Asp really is an explorer's dream. The views from this cockpit are incredible and second to none.
The Asp really is an explorer’s dream. The views from this cockpit are incredible and second to none.

 

That’s all for today, folks. I’ll rest up somewhere nearby and plot a course straight ahead for the Horsehead Nebula soon. The vastness of space might have many uncertainties, but there’s one thing I know for sure – where I’m going, I’ll see things far more terrifying than I could ever have imagined, but at the same time, I will see beauty beyond words.

Until next time, CMDR chaosking121.

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