Genesis – In the beginning

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” – Genesis 1-1, Bible, King James version

20.04.yc116 New Eden < EVE Constellation < Genesis

New Eden… For as long as I’ve been sailing the stars, it’s hard to believe that I’m just now arriving where it all began. Not where I’m personally from, Saisio III, but the place where it started for all of us. The New Eden system in the EVE Constellation, Genesis Region. It is believed that our forefathers came through the EVE Gate several millennia ago. It’s unknown what the letters “EVE” mean that are written prominently over the top of the gate. Today, the gate is viewed by the Sisters of EVE as part of their religious belief that God is on the other side and that it is His will that they study it thoroughly.

New Eden I

New Eden I

From here, our ancestors spread rapidly among the stars around AD 7989 to 8061. Then tragedy struck, the once stable wormhole at the New Eden Gate collapsed. The colonies were cut off and our dark ages began. Millions died, colonies were destroyed, and humanity started all over again until we once again claimed the stars as our own today. Yet, we still remain in the dark as to what lies beyond the gate.

I enjoyed my time in the EVE Constellation. There were some interesting sights to see. Sadly, due to the high levels of radiation and the dangers present around the collapsed gate, we are unable to approach it. Regardless, the New Eden system itself is still something to see and something I recommend for every capsuleer to take the time out and visit. Be sure to swing by the Dead End system and see the mysterious monolith while you’re in the area. A quick check with Aura and you’ll learn that – “It’s full of stars.”

Dead End Black Monolith

Black Monolith

Now for that time of the month…. Flight statistics

16 Regions completed for a total of 1,278 systems with no ships or pods losses. I’m 23.5% complete with my plan to visit all High, Low, and Null Sec systems of New Eden.

Fly safe!
Katia

Central Point IV, Gateway Gate

Central Point IV, Gateway Gate

Planet Hunters in the ‘Verse

18.04.yc116 Jeni < Jatari Constellation < Kor-Azor Region

OOC (Out of character):

Voyager I in the New Eden System

If you’re a fan of EVE Online or SciFi in general, and I’m assuming that you are since you’re here, then there’s probably a better than average chance that you’re a follower of real life space related news. That’s very true in my case. As a child growing up in the 60’s, I remember sitting in my elementary class room and watching NASA’s Apollo missions. At home, I recall watching the original Star Trek series on TV. Both stirred within me the sense, wonder, and awe that is our universe.

Today, with our advances in technology, the advent of the internet, and our ever increasing connectedness, we’re able to do many things that seemed unfathomable in days past. Who would have ever thought that a common person such as myself, could lend a hand or offer services to help in scientific pursuits? I believe the first such joint venture was the SETI at Home program. Where you could lend your personal computing power to aid in the data analysis for possible signals from beyond our solar system.

My character in EVE Online, Katia Sae, has a personal mission to visit every system in the game and record her journey by taking “pictures”, screen shots, of every planet along the way. In real life, like her, I’m offering my time and services to aid in the search for extraterrestrial planets via a website called Planet Hunters. So what is Planet Hunters?

Artist’s impression of the Kepler telescope

On March 7, 2009, NASA launched the Kepler spacecraft as part of their Discovery Program. Its mission was to survey a portion of our region in the Milky Way to discover Earth-sized extrasolar planets in or near the habitable zone of that systems star. The habitable, or Goldilocks, zone is basically an orbital distance around a star that would place a planet not too close as to be too hot, or too far away to be too cold for liquid water to pool on the surface and therefore provide an environment for life to form as we understand it today. The Kepler mission basically takes observational readings of a stars emitted light and looks for dips in the brightness to determine if something, such as a planet, crosses in front of the star.

Basically like how we could measure the sharp decease in light seen by us as our moon eclipses our sun. That’s a drastic example because what Kepler is really looking for is something more along the lines of how we would observe Mercury or Venus transiting across our sun. If you were to measure the light of our sun before the transit, it would be at a higher reading than when one of those planets passes in front of it, even as small of a measurement that loss of light would be. That’s the kind of minute measurements that Kepler’s data is being analyzed for. The interesting thing is, even with our computing power and mathematical analysis that we’re able to perform, there’s nothing like the human eye that can spot patterns where machines fail.

Artist concept of Kepler 186f

That’s where Planet Hunters comes in to play. The data from the Kepler project is visually presented in a manner that allows someone, a volunteer, to see how the brightness of a star changes over time. As of July 2012, over 12 million observations had been analyzed by human eyes and of those, 34 candidate planets had been found that the machines missed. Most amazing of all, two Planet Hunter volunteers found a Neptune-like planet orbiting a four star, double binary, system. That’s two sets of two stars, all orbiting each other, and the planet orbiting them. That’s a really complex solar system and really amazing that they found it simply by looking at the data. As Spock would say, “Fascinating”.

Just this last week on April 17th, 2014, scientist announced Kepler 186f to be the first near Earth sized planet to be found within the “Goldilocks zone” of its star. Now that’s not the first planet found. So far, the Kepler project has found 962 confirmed planets and 2,800 candidates that need to be studied and verified. Those planets have all either been outside the habitable zone, too large, or too small, to be considered as truly Earth like. We may never be able to fully verify that Kepler 186f is truly Earth like because of its 500 light-year distance from us and our current technological ability to study it, but it looks pretty good from what we know so far. It may be possible to positively verify Earth like planets that are closer to us, once we find them, via telescopes that can take temperature and mass measurements or by identifying molecules in their atmospheres.

Kepler186_SystemSo, it would seem at the moment, that possible Earth like planets are 1 in 1,000 or maybe 1 in 500 if you count us. So, when you consider the billions and billions of stars out there…. hmm. The Kepler team has estimated, based on their findings, that there are at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way with at least 500 million in the habitable zone. That’s just OUR galaxy. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory stated if all galaxies have similar numbers as ours, then there could be sextillion “Earth analog” planets in our universe.

How’s that for a New Eden?

You can read more about the Kepler spacecraft and Planet Hunters via Wikipedia, which has all the links to the resources. Check out this resource of Kepler’s Tally of Planets. It visually shows and compares all of the systems and planets found so far with links to other articles about them. Really cool.

Fly safe!

Our Solar System compared to Kepler-186

PLEX Giveaway Result & CSM9 Election

06.04.yc116 Anath System < Fabai Constellation < Aridia Region

Happy to report that we have a winner of the EVE1K PLEX giveaway contest. I honestly didn’t believe that it would be too difficult, but after a few days watching folks trying and not finding the code, I realized I probably needed to hand out a few hints. Congratulations to XtraCtrl on figuring out the clues and finding the number sequence. The final clue that keyed XtraCtrl in was: “What is Katia’s home system.” Here’s how she went about figuring it out.

XtraCtrl

XtraCtrl

Thank you so much for the PLEX! It was fun trying to work out the clues, as soon as I read the ‘about me’ section of your blog I googled Achura bloodlines and came to the conclusion it was Saisio III, I had all 3 versions of the planet open in photoshop looking for watermarks or hidden numbers lol, I even tried inspect element through Google Chrome. I eventually saw the information button and found the sequence and was greatly surprised to see nobody figured it out before me.

I will put this ISK towards learning and dying in PVP. You have made a newbie very happy.

Thank you,
XtraCtrl

The answer was Saisio III and could be found in a subfolder for that system in the PreDominion expansion images. You can follow this link to see. There were a couple of factors that went into choosing that system. Just as XtraCtrl figured out, it was part of Katia’s lore and it was the very first system that was explored. Like I said, I didn’t want it to be too difficult, the tricky part was checking out the subfolders as well, not just the current images for Saisio.

It was nice getting the positive feedback from many folks that enjoyed looking for the code as well as seeing the images themselves, which is what I was hoping for most of all. Thanks again to everyone that took the time to play. I’ll have to see about doing other contest along the way as I reach future milestones.

Lastly for this post, I wanted to drop a quick reminder to be sure and vote on this upcoming CSM9 election.  If you’re one of those that think your voice isn’t heard — then it certainly isn’t if you don’t vote. Stop for a moment and think about it. If CCP believed that the CSM wasn’t worth it, then they would have done away with the council a long time ago. Just the very fact that they do continue to allow players a voice through an election process to form a council should be enough for everyone to realize just how important it is. It’s come a long way since CSM1 with many learning experiences and growth pains, but in the end, it’s been beneficial for both the players and CCP. By voting, YOU are empowering the players voices to be heard. So please, take a moment and vote. Here’s a list of the approved candidates. The elections will be soon.

Fly smart, fly safe!
Katia