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oh hell yeah, now THAT'S an exploration voyage

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I just made 23 million from today's trip. NOT. BAD.

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I'm a bona fide explorer now, just got promoted to Ranger

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I found another set of binary water worlds the other day, but both of them were lifeless. I wonder what made them so inhospitable, maybe they just, didn't have the right organic chemistry? I wonder if the argon heavy atmospheres had a part to play.

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you know a game is good when it's widely reported that the game makes you go insane

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I'm thinking about going back to the bubble and engineering the crap out of my ship so I can get the best jump distance possible, and then finally taking the dive and doing a pilgrimage to Sag A*, and then maybe even further to Beagle Point. I'm finally comfortable enough with the void of space that I think I can make the dive.

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To make a trip out there, and I mean Out There, you'll need a lot of things. The best FSD money can buy, the biggest grade A fuel scoop you can get your hands on, and an SRV or two always helps, but the one thing they never tell you to pack is something to keep you sane. Be it a cup of tea, a cat, anything. The galaxy is a big place, and if you're not careful, if that scale starts to get to you, you'll get the space madness, and it'll drive you to make risky, risky choices.

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A pilot's sanity is their best defense against the void, it's the most important component they never tell you to bring.

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If you are looking all prepped to make that journey out to Sagittarius A*, just, be sure your mental health is adequately accounted for. Frequent breaks to stretch your legs or get snacks or a drink can help bring you back down to Earth, as does setting goals for yourself. 100 jumps is a good, round number to set. Setting daily goals for yourself will help you both stay motivated to reach your destination and help you avoid the space madness.

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If you reach your goal of 100 jumps, make that system yours. Surface scan every planet, set down on a moon, set up base camp for the night before you log off. Develop an attachment to just *that* system. Make that system something familiar to you, find a mountain or canyon that is interesting and watch a sunset, or a double sunset, or a triple one. Stop and smell the roses. If you don't, it all starts to blur together, and the sheer scale of space can lead a pilot to crack.

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Some pilots report that they just stared off into space for a solid hour before they cracked. Some pilots will try to push their drives to the limit, and overheat themselves over and over, jump after jump. Some pilots just attempt a risky landing on a high-G world and it all ends there, no matter how your space madness manifests, you'll know it when you have it, or at least, after you've had it. Preparation is the best way to mitigate the risk of coming down with space madness.

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Black holes and white dwarves, especially as unexpected encounters, can be extremely rattling to some's mental health. Taking time to encounter a black hole on your own terms and grow familiar with them will help you if you unexpectedly drop into one in the black, they can be terrifying, especially if your navigation computer only is dropping you in on one due to an error. White dwarves and neutron stars are also something you should grow familiar with before venturing out.

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I found an earth-like planet that's very much like our own! First thing of note, it's got 47% of Earth's mass, and its surface gravity is 83% of Earth Gravity. The surface pressure is 83% of Earth's as well. To put that in prospective, the air pressure at Mt Everest is .3 atmospheres, so 30% of sea level air pressure. The oxygen content is 19.2% here too, which is good, only 2% less than Earth's.

Breathing this planet's air would also feel like being at a high elevation on Earth.

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The similarities don't end there though, this planet is orbited by a very moon-like moon, at almost exactly the same distance that the Earth is by our own beloved Luna, and I think that this planetary system was created in the same way as our own, by a catastrophic impact.

How do I know? One word: Obliquity. The planet has a 63.5 degree axial tilt, and the moon orbits in line with that tilt.

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This planet almost definitely formed in the exact same manner as how the Earth and moon reformed after the Theia impact, the only difference being the angle at which the planet was struck. That slightly different angle caused this planet's wild seasons. I have to talk about how seasons work for a second before I get into just how wild this planet would be to live on...

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Every planet has a few important latitudes, the most famous would be the Equator. The Equator is simply latitude zero, the tropics are a zone defined by having at least 1 day in a year where the sun would be directly overhead, and the polar circles are defined by having 1 day of total darkness, and 1 day of total light.

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On Earth, we define these as the Artic circle, the Tropic of Cancer, the Equator, the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Antarctic Circle. These lines are not drawn arbitrarily, but rather are defined by how we've defined what is a polar circle and what is a tropical region, and we can actually apply a function to figure out how different axial tilts would result in different tropical/polar circle boundaries.

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So, what happens if you make Earth's obliquity 0 degrees, what if there's no axial tilt at all? Well, the sun would go around in the sky along the same path every day, and seasons wouldn't really happen anymore, but also, the tropics would shrink by definition down to just the equator, because only along the equator would there be a day where the sun is directly overhead once a year, in fact, it would be directly overhead once every day for the ENITRE year.

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The polar circle would also retreat on this unseasoned Earth, in fact, at 0 degrees of tilt, the planet really wouldn't have a polar circle or a tropical zone, since they've been pushed back to be either single points or the equator itself. In the slightly less extreme case of a planet with only 1 degree of obliquity, the tropical zone would still be remarkably slim and near the equator, and the polar circles would likewise be very very close to being nonexistent.

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However, expanding on this idea, what if you take it in the opposite direction? Earth's axial tilt is normally 23.5 degrees, but what if it were higher, say, 40 degrees? Well, when we made obliquity lower, seasons got more mild and both the tropics and polar circles retreated from each other, and when you INCREASE it, the opposite happens, the polar circle and tropics advance on each other.

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If Earth had a 40 degree axial tilt, the tropics would be everything beneath between 40 degrees north and south, and the polar circles would be everything beyond north or south of 50 degrees. Washington D.C. and Beijing would both be tropical cities, and cities as far south as Prague would be in the Artic Circle, and in fact the Artic circle would basically be the same as the U.S. Canada border. All of the U.K. would be in the Artic circle as well.

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But it gets even stranger, at exactly 45 degrees of obliquity, the tropics and polar circles coincide, and then at 54 degrees the climate actually starts to represent that, so let's go back to the planet I discovered, on it, the tropics are at 63 degrees north and south, and the polar circle would be at 27 degrees north and south... meaning that there would be a polar band around the middle of the planet, a tropical region at each of the poles, like some kinda fucked up anti-Earth

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If this planet were Earth, Antarctica would be a seasonal rainforest, and the Sahara would be a vast tundra. These sorts of heavily tilted worlds would experience massive temperature swings seasonally, as one side of the planet basically gets blasted with sunlight for half the year, and then is frigid for the other half, and the polar band around the middle doesn't get much direct sunlight at all.

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I would expect that life on this planet, especially aquatic or flying life, would have massive seasonal migrations to escape the frigid onset of winter, braving the vast equatorial tundra to reach the edges of the other tropical circle as summer arrives on that hemisphere. Similarly, any plants that evolved here would need even more wild seasonal adaptations than temperate flora here on Earth, since for a good portion of the dead of winter would be no light in those zones

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It's reasonable to assume that much like on Earth, this planet has a beautiful spring and autumn time, when plants basically shrivel up and prepare to overwinter as seeds or otherwise prepare themselves for a very, very harsh winter, and a wild, explosive springtime when all the plants come back and a jungle springs out of the soil. Kinda like my backyard every year, except, way more extreme.

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A planet with about 60 degrees of axial tilt probably wouldn't have any permafrost, except for at the highest elevations in the equatorial-cold zone, but they sure as hell would have some really extreme weather patterns! Massive, swirling hurricanes, since there's lots of thermal exchange going on.

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Anyways here's a picture of me on this planet's moon, a lost Luna twin. I'm sitting on the central peak of a particularly large crater, and I climbed the whole central mountain to get there. Because I can. In the distance, the little, weird earth-clone I found is hanging in the sky.

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Funnily enough, this planet's moon is orbits about 1.3 light seconds away, the same distance as our moon does to Earth. This planet could have easily have been Earth, if Theia had just struck us at a sliiiightly different angle... God I just love space.

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And I love the fact that I can find things like this and figure out what must have happened in the past of this system to make it how it looks today. I can't do it all of the time, since I can't run billion year long gravitational simulations in my head, but the fact that in some cases like this one, I can TELL that for certain, this planet and moon were formed by an impact similar to the Earth-Theia impact... that's something I simply cannot get out of any other game.

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It makes me feel like an actual explorer in the galaxy to know that this galaxy wasn't just generated to be as it is today, but it was fully simulated up to how it is today, that these systems have history, that these stars and planets have ages, and varied pasts. Every crater is a story, every rock in every ring is persistent. It's a ludicrous level of attention to scientific detail, such that I can figure out a tidbit of information about this particular planet's ancient past...

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I may not have been the first person to have found this planet, but I'm definitely the first person to have written a thread about it.

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I just dropped into a system to get a refuel, and lo and behold, the system's primary faction is none other than the Radio Sidewinder Crew! It's cool enough to know that there's a dedicated, in universe radio but it's even more cool that I just happened upon its representation in game. Very cool.

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I've been trying to give piracy a go but so far the most interesting thing I've found was a ship carrying 27 tourists

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alright fuck it I'm headed to Frog, hopefully that system is as fruitful as they say

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Frog is a great name for a system, but it frankly just can't compete with Bean

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update, they were right about Frog 馃

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interesting note, the guy I stole from had a ship named Worry

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alright, I've got a hold literally filled with LTDs, now to just smuggle them in...

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alright. now all I gotta do is.. approach the station, and not get scanned by system security. it's fine, ive only got 88 million credits of goods riding on this. it's fine. oh god I'm so nervous.

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I cannot stress this enough, pulling off just 2 heists in the Frog system just bought back my ship. holy shit piracy is soooo good

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piracy is by far the most difficult career choice, but if you know what you're doing, it can easily be among the most profitable

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another day, another crime

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THIS IS A ROBBERY, HAND OVER YOUR COLD GEMS

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the most valuable material of all- refrigerated carbon

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I love that the hauler has these little AC vents that look like they're straight out of a cheap car

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no but like, crime REALLY pays

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stonks 馃搱

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I... I actually think I like the krait a bit more than the FDL. I need to fall in love with the railgun all over again, is what really needs to happen

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Apparently there's this massive rift in the PvP community between honorable pirates and the gankers, and they hate each other's guts. to that I say, raise the black flag!

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I was just exiting orbital cruise and drifting down to a planet, but I realized I'd overshot my destination so I tried turning around, and I kept wondering why everything was fading to black and I was losing control of my ship, and then I realized that my character was nearly passing out from the insane G forces. I didn't even know that was possible!

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@starwall are you pirating NPCs or other players?

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@hoppet NPCs, though, if I find a player, I'll give it a whirl. I'm in open after all.

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@starwall the fact that NPCs are carrying low temp diamonds blows my mind... truly a different game from what it was in 2014

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@hoppet there's only a few systems in the bubble where they do, it depends entirely on where LTDs are mined and sold. Frog happens to sit on a trade route, and it's especially great because it's an anarchy system so there's no cops

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@hoppet alternatively, I've heard that Lakota and Wolf 359 are also good spots to find NPC miners with hauls of LTDs

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@starwall almost wish you accidentally posted this with no cw or context

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@starwall the hauler dashboard is delightfully cruddy

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@starwall I love the hauler for that reason. I called mine the Space Toyota

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@cinebox@cybre.space @starwall@jorts.horse exactly like the vents from my old Toyota Tercel. i knew it reminded me of something but i wasn't in the hauler long enough for it to hit me heh

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@purple @cinebox I have a fleet of 3 haulers strewn across the bubble, all of them are meant for jumping only. they're cheap and can each jump between 35 and 50 light years. I mainly use them to shuttle myself between my home system and various engineers or other locations I need to visit

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@purple @cinebox plus they're cheap to call to a location as well

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@purple @starwall @cinebox no reason to mess with perfection

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@starwall Yessss. I love it too.

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