Stellar Cartographics Marketing Department in the hope of increasing sales of their range of recently released Discovery Module have launched a new competition open to all commanders, Stellar Cartographics Record Breakers is a new annual events and entries are currently being accepted.This competition has fueled the sport of planet spotting and commanders from across the galaxy have been submitting their findings to the hall of fame.
Commanders of note include:
- Cmdr Titus Balls
- Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
- Cmdr Remosito
- Cmdr Vikinger
- Cmdr Silvershadow
- Cmdr Jhyrryl
- Cmdr Rodneyhchef
- Cmdr Ravenov
- Cmdr C Wusher
Planet spotters delight in finding the largest (and smallest) planets of different types. This planet temporarily holds both the title for Largest Gas Giant and Largest Ringed Body though it’s expected to be trumped shortly as explorers spread out through the galaxy. It’s radius is still an impressive 77,398km though!
Located in the busy Hyperion system, Hyperion 6 is gorgeous. An icy ring system with an axial tilt is at 90 degrees to the system plane means the rings really light up and space photographers flock to the system.
It’s also a surprisingly thin ring system, so if you’re tired of dodging spacebergs you can get out and head for one of the local bars in a jiffy.
Sightseeing tip: Planetary rings, icy ones especially, are awesome. All you need is to turn your ship’s flight assist off, stop, then give her the tiniest spin, shut the ship down and just enjoy the view.
Raxxla is a fabled planet, a ghost world, a myth. As the legend goes, on Raxxla there are alien structures which serve as gateways to other universes. Legend also says that long ago, a corps of The Dark Wheel discovered its location and lived there, exploiting the gateways for all the wealth and riches the other universes could provide.
Not a shred of hard evidence has been uncovered to suggest that Raxxla actually exists. This world is kept alive by word of mouth and hearsay only, and is one of the Galaxy’s most discussed, and intriguing, legends.
In 2290 Mars became the first planet to be terraformed successfully but not before several aborted attempts. Major corporations based their administration centres here when land was very cheap in the early days and Mars seemed like the Garden of Eden compared to the ravaged Earth. The two major cities are Quenisset and Olympus Village, both are very cosmopolitan and manicured in appearance. There are many bijou bars and restaurants designed for businessmen to impress and to strike deals in privacy. All sorts of service and entertainment industries thrive as they pander to the needs of the over indulged. The environment is tailored to be tasteful, even the animal life looks like an attractive accessory, so whilst it is Earth-like, Mars has a very sterile feel about it.
Located in the Altair system.
Out of the twenty bodies of this system this is one of two notable planets, for their extreme conditions. Biggs Colony is a jungle world with high humidity and very interesting wildlife, which makes it a popular holiday destination for those who like an adventure. Hotels abound and cater for all tastes, even providing conditions for those who normally live in very different environments, in case they need a break while on holiday. For example natives of Stevenson in the Phiagre system can rest in refrigerated apartments. Outside hotels, humans need to wear an environment suit such are the extremes of heat and humidity on these sort of planets. When tourists arrive on Biggs Colony they must sign a disclaimer in case they are injured by any of the wildlife (unless on hotel property, such as the animal free areas). All sorts of life abound, and visitors not used to this tend to go wandering unprotected, enchanted by the sights and sounds. Jungle Search is a thriving business which offers to search the jungle for parts of a lost friends or relatives of tourists, when they go missing, for burial purposes.
HIP 110773 is definitely one of the jewels of the galactic pill. An amazing place to visit, and well worth the journey. You can’t get more hip and froody than HIP 110773 with its plethora of planetary bodies. Of note is a contact binary moon (at a probability of 168 to the power of 13 to 1 against) and more rings than you could shake a stick at (if stick shaking at rings is the sort of thing you do you might want to join a circus, but we digress). There is even an earth like planet with a ring system, and a small moon with an equally small ring.
Planet spotters also delight in finding the largest (and smallest) planets of different types. HIP 110773 4 temporarily holds the title of Smallest Gas Giant though it’s expected to be trumped shortly as explorers spread out through the galaxy, it’s radius is a measly 13,743km.
Other records held by this system include:
- System with most Rings – HIP 110773 with 11 Ringed Bodies – submitted by Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
- Smallest Gas giant – HIP 110773 4 with a radius of 13,743km -submitted by Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
- Largest Body (non gas giant) – HIP 110773 15 with a radius of 23,935km – submitted by Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
- Largest Earth like – HIP 110773 6 with a radius 0f 10,942km – submitted by Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
- Smallest ringed Body – HIP 110773 12 G with a radius of 4,986km – submitted by Cmdr Monkey D Luffy
Wunjo 1 in the Wunjo system is a rocky planet with rings pretty close to the Wunjo Star. If you position yourself in the asteroid field around this planet at the right distance, you can see the planet eclipsing the star while floating (or blasting full pelt!) through the asteroids. Very picturesque and atmospheric