Rings

CR Draconis 6

Written by  on October 26, 2014

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!

Hyperion 6

Written by  on October 22, 2014

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.

XI Ursae Majoris

Written by  on October 22, 2014

For one of the largest rings of any planet in the explored galaxy you can do no better than to pay a visit to XI Ursae Majoris AB 2 where the rings extend something like 2.5Ls from the planet itself.

HIP 110773

Written by  on October 15, 2014

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

 

LFT 1446

Written by  on October 11, 2014

The simultaneously most densely packed and vastest rings I have ever seen are around the planet LFT 1446 A 5 (i.e. planet 5 around star A in the LFT 1446 system). They are so massive that you fall out of supercruise before you get to a safe disengage distance with the POI there. It takes probably half an hour of normal flight just to leave the actual rings, but even after that you are still mass-locked from this immensity.

The main star of this system LFT 1446 A has a place in the Stellar Cartographics Record Breakers as the smallest star with a solar radius of only 0.0058

LHS 3080

Written by  on October 11, 2014

The Ice Rings of the 5th planet are a sight to behold. there sheer quantity has been known to overload even advanced navigational computers.

Rumours of generous bounties on local criminals also atracts visitors. It’s been reported that this system boasts a staggering 22 planetary objects.